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Russia Is Looking To Build Navel Bases. Cuba In The Mix.

zbacku 2012/07/27 17:13:58
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hopes to establish its first naval base abroad since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union and is looking at Cuba,Vietnam and the Seychelles as possible locations, state-run RIA news agency quoted the navy chief as saying on Friday.

Russia has been increasing the reach of its navy in recent years, sending warships further afield as part of an effort to restore pride project power in a world dominated by the U.S. military.

"It's true that we are continuing work on providing the navy with basing outside the Russian Federation," RIA quoted Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkovas saying in an interview.

The Soviet Union had a large naval base in Communist ally Vietnam but post-Soviet Russia opted to vacate the Cam Ranh base in 2002, duringPresident Vladimir Putin's first Kremlin term, because rent payments were a burden on state coffers.

The fate of Russia's only naval facility outside the former Soviet Union, a maintenance and supply facility in the Syrian port of Tartous, is uncertain because of the conflict in Syria.

Chirkov said Russia was "working out the issue of creating sites for material and technical support on the territory of Cuba, the Seychelles and Vietnam," RIA reported.

Chirkov's wording suggested facilities in those countries might be less extensive than full-scale naval bases. Navy officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, who was in Russia and was to meet Putin on Friday, was quoted as telling a Russian radio station that Vietnam has "no intention of cooperating with any country with the aim of military use of the port of Cam Ranh".

However, Sang was quoted as telling Voice of Russia radio that a maintenance and service facility at the port would be open to ships from all nations and that, in the interest of furthering a "strategic partnership" with Moscow, Vietnam "will provide Russia with advantages in Cam Ranh, including with aim of developing military cooperation".

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  • artistheweapon 2012/07/30 08:23:16
    Where's JFK When You Need Him.
    artistheweapon
    come on putin, your smarter than this. its happened before, and we nearly blew each other up over it. put the missiles away. pretty please?
  • Chaya2010 2012/07/27 17:43:42
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    Chaya2010
    Although rational, Russia is a paper tiger without is gas/oil it would be even more of a basket case. The Russian military is crumbling. I don't fear them at all.
  • Schläue~© 2012/07/27 17:35:55
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    Schläue~©
    +1
    Are they going to build them on a belly or an orange?

    Seriously .... contrary to popular Librul spin, JFK sold out and caved to Khrushchev by removing our missiles in Turkey but the press never made a peep about it.

    Additionally, 0bozo sold out by canceling our planned missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech republic and left our troops all over Europe as sitting ducks.
    All Russia had to do is drive their missile transporters away from the border and capture it on tape, only to return after the cameras went away.

    Why do you think 0bie told Medvedev he would be in a more 'flexible' position after the Nov. election and to pass that info onto Putin who really doesn't like him but has him by the raisins?
  • Chaya2010 Schläue~© 2012/07/27 17:45:09
    Chaya2010
    +1
    I agree with the missile defense shield in Poland, he should now determination or resolve and the Poles are petrified of Russians.
  • Schläue~© Chaya2010 2012/07/27 18:08:53
    Schläue~©
    +1
    The Poles have been kicked all over the place and have good reason. The plane crash, killing their diplomats was an all out assassination. There were reports that the Russians had been constructing banks of lights in the forest to purposely confuse the pilots on approach and after a go-around tried to land the plane in the forest mistaking it for a runway. Funny thing is, NO bodies were seen scattered around the site while the flames were being extinguished.

    Putin has been after Georgia for a long time as well. Unfettered land access to the ME.
  • Russian 2012/07/27 17:29:43
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    Russian
    I support Russia.
  • HarleyCharley 2012/07/27 17:27:59
    Where's JFK When You Need Him.
    HarleyCharley
    I hope not...
  • Artist~PWCM~ 2012/07/27 17:16:16
    If Obama Wins In November, He'll PAY Russia To Set Up In Cuba.
    Artist~PWCM~
    Oh hell, not again!
    The last thing I want to see is the cold war starting all over again...

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