Время конфликта с Чавесом

МЕХИКО. В начале сентября крупнейшие предприятия Колумбии всех удивили, заявив о своей полной поддержке президента страны Альваро Урибе в его углубляющемся конфликте с Венесуэлой. Если они потеряют огромный ближайший рынок экспорта, это будет попросту очень плохо.

Впервые практически все колумбийские предприятия, экспортирующие в Венесуэлу всё, начиная от туалетной бумаги и заканчивая бензином, овощами и фруктами, молоком и мясом, дали своему президенту «зелёный свет» на конфликт с президентом Венесуэлы Уго Чавесом вместо того, чтобы подставить другую щеку, к чему они побуждали Урибе в течение восьми лет после того, как он пришёл к власти.

Венесуэла стала великолепной деловой возможностью для колумбийских экспортёров. Она практически ничего не производит (кроме нефти), обладает высоко субсидируемым официальным обменным курсом и получает огромные суммы нефтедолларов, за которые может купить всё, что пожелает. Хотя колумбийским властям приходилось терпеть постоянные оскорбления Чавеса, его вмешательство во внутренние дела Колумбии, массированные закупки вооружения и дипломатическую напряжённость, деловое сообщество получало значительные прибыли и вынуждало правительство идти на компромисс. До последнего времени именно так правительство и поступало.

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