With Venezuela slipping out its grubby hands, Cuba’s Castro dictatorship has just received a lifeline from Putin and Russia. It is only a matter of time before the Venezuelan cash spigot that has kept the Cuban regime afloat dries up and the parasitic Castros are perhaps still years away from latching on to another host in Latin America they can suck dry.
Enter Vladimir Putin and Russia, who just approved a $42 million loan to Cuba’s Castro dictatorship for military equipment.
The loan is designated for the purchase of military hardware such as tanks and personnel carriers. Or as the Castro dictatorship likely sees it, it is a loan they have no intention of ever paying back for military equipment they can resell to rogue nations and terrorists organizations for a hefty profit.
Russia has approved a 38 million euro ($43.27 million) loan for Cuba’s defense sector, a senior Russian defense official was quoted as saying on Wednesday. The deal was first announced in November after Russian President Vladimir Putin met Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Moscow.
It has now been finalized by Russia, Dmitry Shugayev, head of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said in an interview published in Russia’s Kommersant newspaper.
Kommersant had previously reported Moscow planned to grant Cuba a loan to buy Russian hardware such as tanks, armored vehicles and possibly helicopters.
The amount is not enough to carry them for very long, but just enough to keep them alive until they find a new scam.