Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing a new raw material trap for the West, writes the German newspaper Die Welt.
The journalist notes that Bolivia has the largest lithium deposits in the world and is looking for business partners to help it extract raw materials widely used in the production of electric vehicles. In his opinion, one of the contenders is Russia.
"It is here that Putin's new raw material trap must be slammed," the publication says.
The author believes that Russia now has a particularly good chance of succeeding in the game of lithium poker, and if Moscow succeeds, then Europe, in addition to oil and gas, may have another raw material dependence on Moscow. According to the US Geological Survey, Bolivia has the world's largest lithium reserves - 21 million tons. According to this indicator, it is ahead of Argentina and Chile, the article recalls.
“If Russia will be able to control the lithium deposits in Bolivia, this would put it in a very advantageous position due to the importance of raw materials for the modern economy,” the material concludes.
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