Evo Morales: US has military designs on Bolivia’s hydrocarbons

Speaking at a ceremony at the Gualberto Villarroel Military Collage in La Paz marking the 199th anniversary of the Bolivian army, President Evo Morales warned that the United States has designs on the country’s subsoil resources—especially naming gas, iron and lithium. He also again criticized the new military accord between Washington and Bogotá as a threat to the hemisphere, and said that in response Bolivia will seek new military deals with China and Russia. “It is an obligation of the national government to improve and equip the army,” he said, while adding that new equipment will be used to defend Bolivia’s sovereignty; “it will not be to humiliate the people or provoke neighbors.” (TeleSUR, Nov. 14)

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