Russia threatens to deploy military in Cuba and Venezuela

Vladimir Putin continues to taunt and run circles around Pres. Joe Biden, this time threatening to deploy Russian military assets in communist Cuba and the Castro dictatorship colony of Venezuela.

Via CBS News:

A senior Russian diplomat wouldn’t rule out the possibility of his country placing military infrastructure in Cuba or Venezuela, as the Kremlin called two recent rounds of talks with the U.S. and NATO “unsuccessful.” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, who led negotiations with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in Geneva this week, said Thursday that he didn’t want “to confirm anything, [but] won’t exclude anything here either,” when asked whether Russia might consider establishing a military presence in America’s backyard.

“It depends on the actions of American colleagues,” Ryabkov said Thursday in an interview with the RTVI channel, adding that Russia could also undertake unspecified “measures” involving its navy.

It was a significant ratcheting up of the tension between the U.S. and Russia in a week that many hoped would put diplomacy front and center. The current standoff between Moscow and Washington has been casually framed as a contemporary echo of the Cold War for weeks, but Ryabkov’s remarks were sure to resonate loudly in the ears of Americans either aware of or old enough to remember the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.

The Biden administration response to the threat was to promise “decisive action” if Russia followed through on it. But considering the history of past “decisive action” in foreign policy by this White House (e.g. Afghanistan, Iran, Ukraine, Nord Stream 2, etc.), the U.S. counter is laughable at best and invitation for aggression at worst.

1 thought on “Russia threatens to deploy military in Cuba and Venezuela”

  1. But Biden displaced Trump, which is all that matters. All else is secondary at best and no biggie.

    And yes, incredible though it may be, most of the responsible voters are not sorry and would do it again.

    Lord, the disgust.

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