Sorry I don't respond sooner to your request for my opinion. thank you for asking.
If your friend and 'cell' associate of 11 years calls you on the phone while he's drunk to tell you he is going to communism but then calls 3 days later to use being drunk as an excuse, believe him the first time. It doesn't matter if you know him 20 years, the truth is in the wine and I would not trust him as far as I could throw him. You have to protect yourself, especially over there and you want quality people in your life, not quantity.
Hope you're well!