Russian military considers return to Cuba, Vietnam
October 7, 2016
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military says it's considering the possibility
of regaining its Soviet-era bases on Cuba and in Vietnam, a statement
that comes amid growing U.S.-Russia tensions over Syria.
Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov told lawmakers Friday that the
ministry is considering the possibility of establishing footholds far
away from Russia's borders.
In response to a lawmaker's question if the military could return to
Cuba and Vietnam, Pankov said the military is "reviewing" a decision to
withdraw from them, but didn't offer any specifics.
In 2001, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the military to pull
back from Cuba and Vietnam as he sought to bolster ties with the United
States. The U.S.-Russian relations now have plunged to the lowest point
since the Cold War times amid strain over Syria and Ukraine.
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