"Russian warships head for Cuba" I Putin trying to be a new Nikita Khrushchev?

XENON23 2008/12/15 16:01:19
Yes he is out to start a war
No he is just takeing a cruise
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" Russia said on Monday it was sending a group of warships to Soviet-era ally Cuba in its latest defiant naval move around US waters, part of a drive to revive old Cold War ties with Latin America.
The warships will visit Havana on December 19-23, the navy said, continuing a tour that has already taken in US foes Venezuela and Nicaragua and seen the ships pass through the Panama Canal for the first time since World War II.

"This will be the first visit to Cuba by Russian warships since the Soviet era," the Russian naval headquarters said in a statement.

The destroyer Admiral Chabanenko and two other ships already held exercises with Venezuela's navy in the Caribbean Sea last month.

The naval manoeuvres close to US waters are seen as a riposte to Washington's own moves in Russia's Soviet-era sphere of influence, including in the Black Sea.

US officials have said they see no military threat from Russia's naval manoeuvres but continue to keep a close eye on the situation.

The naval visit to Cuba, scene of a dramatic 1962 stand-off between Moscow and Washington over nuclear missiles, comes as tensions over US missile defence plans in eastern Europe have prompted talk of a renewed Cold War among some analysts.

Last month Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made a tour of Latin America where he visited Cuba and Venezuela and met former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, part of efforts to revive what he called "privileged relations" from Soviet times.

Last week he also received Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner, another Latin American critic of the United States.

Nicaragua's leftist President Daniel Ortega is to visit Moscow on Thursday, after he risked Washington's wrath this summer by following Russia in recognizing two Moscow-backed rebel regions of Georgia as independent.

The Russian moves in Central and Latin America follow heightened tensions over Russia's military onslaught in Georgia, a close US ally.

Russia strongly objected to US naval deployments off Georgia's Black Sea coast, accusing the United States of covertly rearming Georgia, a charge Washington denied.

On Monday the Russian navy avoided direct reference to the United States, saying that visits to Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela signified "long-term prospects for developing cooperation among these countries' navies in the interest of building stability and trust on the world's oceans."

During the Cuba visit, residents will be welcomed aboard the Russian ships and Russian officers will lay flowers at a memorial to Cuban campaigner for independence and critic of US expansionism Jose Marti, the navy said.

Last week the navy said it was sending ships from its Pacific Fleet to join ships from the Northern Fleet for exercises with India's navy and in parallel would continue anti-piracy operations off Somalia.

Despite the growing Russian assertiveness, defence experts have said Russia's navy remains severely weakened following years of post-Soviet neglect.

That impression was reinforced by the inadvertent fatal poisoning last month of 20 people aboard a Russian nuclear-powered submarine that was undergoing tests off the Pacific coast."

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  • cowboy 2009/09/24 15:21:09
    He's checking the sack of Obama. Bad news is, he won't find much.
  • holliday04 2009/01/06 06:28:47
    No he is just takeing a cruise
    just testing the water a bit, I think.
  • brownwater 2008/12/18 02:47:46
    Who knows what Putin is about.
    The high seas belong to no one.
    All can sail.
    How is this O mans fault? W is the man in charge.
  • XENON23 brownwater 2008/12/18 03:13:03
    But it will be O's to deal with very soon...and we own the high seas...GO USA NAVY!!
  • brownwater XENON23 2009/01/03 04:28:11 (edited)
    Not til the 20th. Pooty Dooty as George calls him, is a good man.
    "I have looked into his eyes, and seen his soul."
    Whatever..............yeh right.
    I agree with you tho, Navy is good.
  • haarp35117 2008/12/17 13:37:09
  • bxr782 2008/12/17 05:33:22
    1. I didn't think the Russian had the funds to support their own military - let alone send warships to Venezuela.

    2. I don't know if it's Putin or the new guy Medvedev - both are full of sh*t - but this power game is going to bite them in the ass.

    3. Hugo Chavez is a big piece of sh*t who has no f***ing clue as to what the hell he is doing. He thinks that if he can piss us off, he can look big in Latin America. But sooner or later the people of Venezuela will wise up and realize that he is the worst person to lead their country.

    4. The Russian are just pissed because we supported Georgia (the country) when the Russian were invading them. And now this is their way of payback.

    5. Whatever happens, we will be ready - if Obama and the rest of the whiny liberals don't screw this country up!
  • rearvumirr 2008/12/16 23:35:00
    Intimidation for our President Elect?

  • SgtCujo 2008/12/16 03:27:50
  • on and on1 2008/12/16 02:57:38
    on and on1
    We'll just have to wait and see!! We'll be ready!

    undecided wait ready
  • crsone 2008/12/15 23:16:51
    But Putin worries me a lot, and we really do have to keep an eye on him. He is trying to bring back the Russian Empire, if not actually revive the Cold War or start a new hot one.
  • Kevman 2008/12/15 19:26:54
    He's not trying to start a war: He's poking a long stick in Obabalooie's eye. 6 months,
    my ass: He's up to his ass in shit right now.

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