The more things change…

…the more they stay the same:

Putin says Russia needs to go back to Cuba: media

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday said it was time for Russia to rebuild links with former Cold War ally Cuba, news agencies reported.

The Kremlin is angry at U.S. plans for a missile defence system in Eastern Europe, and last month a news report suggested Russia might use Cuba, a thorn in America’s side for half a century, as a refueling stop for nuclear-capable bombers.

The Russian Defence Ministry denied the report and said it had no plans to open any military bases abroad, but a top U.S. general was drawn to say such a move would cross a “red line”.

Moscow was the Caribbean island’s key oil, arms and grain supplier for 30 years, until subsidies propping up the economy of Fidel Castro’s revolutionary government fell to a trickle and then dried up entirely after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

“We need to reestablish positions on Cuba and in other countries,” news agency Interfax quoted Putin as saying at the weekly presidium meeting of key government ministers.

Just 144 km (90 miles) from the coast of U.S. state of Florida, Cuba still has no formal diplomatic ties with Washington D.C.

At the height of the Cold War in 1962, a two-week crisis over Soviet missiles on the island nearly led to full-blown war.

Putin’s remarks came after Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin reported on a recent three-day visit to Cuba, where he discussed a raft of trade and investment issues and met with Raul Castro, Fidel’s brother and now the island’s leader.

“We agreed on a priority direction for cooperation, this being energy, the mining industry, agriculture, transport, health care and communications,” news agency RIA quoted Sechin as saying.

2 thoughts on “The more things change…”

  1. The Russians as a people are apparently hopeless, not to mention very sad, not to say contemptible. I suppose an essentially unbroken history of living under despotism has something to do with it, but one has to ask, why DO they have such a miserable history?

    The single fact that they accepted an ex-KGB agent (!) as their thinly disguised new dictator speaks volumes. It’s EXACTLY the same as if the Germans had accepted an ex-Nazi as their leader. It’s both repulsive and profoundly disgraceful. To add insult to injury, Putin even looks like a ghoul without a soul–perfect KGB material.

    I’m sorry, but ballet and vodka don’t even come close to compensating for the incalculable damage that Russia has done to the world in general and Cuba in particular. This was done deliberately, knowingly and persistently over many, many years. There’s no way they could ever “make it up” to their victims, but the fact is they don’t seem even remotely interested in trying.

    Basically, there’s something very seriously wrong with such a people. They deserve neither respect nor trust, certainly not before they clean up their act BIG time, which seems extremely unlikely.

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