Russia has not had a military presence in Cuba since 2002. The last time they really projected power into the island nation was back during the JFK era. Those that lived through those scary days will not forget the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Now it seems that Vladimir Putin is showing some interest in a Russian presence in the Cuban area of Lourdes. That is where they were before. Why do they want to stir the pot after all these years?
The United States relationship with Cuba and with Russia have not been the best as of late. Is this just an attention getter for Putin? Is it just a projection of heavy-handed diplomacy? Read this and see what you think.
As Written By Silvio Casto Jr. for the American Thinker:
Why is anyone surprised that the Russians want their Cuba back? According to a new report, the Russians see Cuba again as a strategic “in your eyes to the U.S.” location:
RUSSIA should reopen its military base in Cuba, in the backyard of the United States, two key supporters of Vladimir Putin have demanded.
Such a move would massively ramp up tensions between Washington and Moscow at a time when relations are already at their worst since the Cold War.
The key real estate in Cuba is Lourdes, a base that the USSR opened near Havana in 1962, about the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. For a long time, it was the USSR’s largest foreign facility of its kind. The base was closed in 2002, but Russia wants to open it up again.
We remember the Russian navy ship that went to Cuba around the time of President Obama’s visit.
What exactly is Mr. Putin trying to do here?
From a military standpoint, the Lourdes facility has limited …..
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