Russia is talking about the revival of military bases in Cuba and Vietnam, said in the Federation Council
The Russian authorities do not conduct official negotiations on the revival of the Russian bases in Cuba and Vietnam, however, the conversation on this subject comes during visits of military and civil delegations from Russia to these countries. About it RIA “news” the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Viktor Ozerov.
“Russia of such negotiations does not, on this and the foreign Ministry says official. But this does not mean that during your stay not only military and civil delegations from Russia, Cuba and Vietnam at the negotiating table is not a discussion about possible terms of renewal of functioning of these military bases,” – said on Monday, November 21, the Agency, Senator.
“Nostalgia for what it was in Cuba and Vietnam, there are, of course, and they, and we,” concluded lake. However, it is suggested to consider not only the benefits but also the risks, “excluding the conversion of these military facilities in the hostages when changing domestic and foreign political situation in the country or in the region.”
“As is often the case, the bilateral process should not cause any tensions in those places where these former bases of the Soviet Union,” the MP summed up.
In early October, Deputy defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said that the defense Ministry is considering the return of the military bases in the country, where they were placed during the Soviet Union, Cuba and Vietnam. The Kremlin then plans of the Russian defense Ministry on military bases did not comment. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov readdressed this question in the war Department.
However, after a few days the Minister of foreign Affairs of Vietnam Le Hai Binh saidthat the country sticking to military neutrality, will not allow anyone to build military bases on its territory. In turn, the Russian foreign Ministry in late October, has denied the information about the impending return to Cuba of the Russian military base.
About the possible resumption of military base in Cuban Lourdes were reported in 2014, and the midst of the Ukrainian crisis. Sources of the newspaper “Kommersant” reported that Russia and Cuba had allegedly reached an agreement in principle on the return to the use of radar Moscow center. However, almost immediately, President Vladimir Putin denied the reports, saying that Russia has no such plans.
In April 2016, the deputies from the Communist party Valery Rashkin and Sergei Obukhov sent a letter to the President, foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and defense Minister Sergei Shoigu proposal to resume work at the center in Lourdes, as well as set in Cuba, the Russian missile systems. The deputies recalled the US plans to place missile launchers HIMARS type in the South-East of Turkey.
Radio-electronic center in Lourdes was commissioned in 1967. In 2001, President Putin announced the elimination of the base for reasons of economy in August 2002 from the center was placed the entire Russian contingent.
Base in Cam Ranh Vietnam gave the USSR rent free in 1979, in subsequent years, it was based on 17th operational squadron of the Navy. On the withdrawal of troops from a base in Cam Ranh Putin also said in 2001. Two years later Russia and Vietnam signed an agreement to establish a joint base for the maintenance of submarines in Cam Ranh Bay.
In 2004, the countries agreed that the Russian warships will use the base in a simplified manner. From 2014 in Cam Ranh Bay served by planes Il-78, providing air refueling of the Tu-95MS bombers.