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Cuba prepares to receive nuclear submarine and warships from the Russian Navy, marking a new chapter in military cooperation between the countries

10 June 2024 to 08: 42
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Cuba prepares to receive nuclear submarine and warships from the Russian Navy
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Cuba receives 3 Russian navy ships and a submarine. Nuclear submarine and warships will be anchored for five days in Havana, near the USA.

A Russian nuclear submarine, the Kasan, and three other Russian navy ships will visit Havana, Cuba, from June 12 to 17, Cuban officials announced. The Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba stated that both the submarine and the warships are not equipped with nuclear weapons, ensuring that the visit does not pose a threat to the region.

Understand the relationship between the Russian Navy and Cuba

Cuba receives Russian Navy ships amid growing tensions with the US over war in ukraine, and a day after the US tracked Russian warships and aircraft heading to the Caribbean for a military exercise.

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The Russian military presence so close to the US, especially with a nuclear submarine and powerful warships, highlights tensions over the war in Ukraine, where the Western-backed Ukrainian government is fighting the Russian invasion. This visit where Cuba receives ships from the Russian Navy also coincides with the president's trip Joe Biden at the G7 leaders' summit in Italy. 

Putin suggested that Moscow could take asymmetric measures in response to US support for Ukraine. The relationship between Russia and Cuba has strengthened since a meeting in 2022 between presidents Miguel Diaz-Canel and Vladimir Putin.

During the Cold War, Cuba was a key ally for the Soviet Union, and the installation of Soviet nuclear missiles on the island resulted in the 1962 Missile Crisis. According to the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this visit by the nuclear submarine and warships of the Russian Navy corresponds to the historic relations between the countries.

This is not the first time that Cuba has received ships from the Russian Navy

During the arrival of the Russian fleet in the port of Havana, a 21-gun salute will be fired as a salute to the nation, and will be reciprocated by an artillery battery from the Cuban revolutionary armed forces. This show of force and military cooperation between the Russian Navy and Cuba comes at a time of significant geopolitical tension in the region.

Visits by naval units from other countries are a historical practice of the revolutionary government with nations that maintain friendly and collaborative relations, concludes the Ministry's final note. Moscow has not confirmed the information provided by Cuba.

It is not the first time that Russian naval ships have been sent to Cuba, a key ally of the former Soviet Union during the Cold War. In 1962, Cuba briefly hosted Soviet missiles, as previously mentioned. Additionally, the Russian Navy training ship Perekop was in Havana for four days recently.

Putin threatens to arm allies

Vladimir Putin has threatened to hand over weapons to third countries that could harm Western interests if the West allows Ukraine to attack Russia with its long-range missiles.

Putin has claimed that the use of certain weapons, including the use of advanced missile technology, would amount to participation in the War with Ukraine and suggested this week that Moscow could take "asymmetric" measures if Western countries such as Germany and the US supplied Ukraine. weapons to be used on Russian soil.

Putin, in a threatening tone, states that: “If someone considers it possible to supply such weapons in the combat zone to attack Russian territory, why shouldn't we have the right to supply our weapons of the same type in regions of the world where there are vulnerable installations of countries that act in this way against Russia? ”.

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