Russia’s proved itself an adept global chess player in recent months, so more attention needs to focus on Sergei Lavrov’s visit to Latin America. He’s winning support from traditional US ally, Chile, and strengthening the Russian alliance with Cuba. The 19th Century Monroe Doctrine that prevented foreign powers becoming too influential in Latin America was officially declared finished in November last year. It may now be revived. There’d be nothing like an Antonov 225 cargo plane heading towards Cuba stacked full of modern weaponry to really start a new Cold (or hot) War.