In a visit to communist Cuba, where he thanked the Castro dictatorship for “understanding” Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov refused to rule out future Russian military bases in Cuba. Any Russian bases in Cuba would naturally include both offensive and defensive weapons, namely missiles, since the only purpose the bases would have is to threaten the United States.
During a visit to Cuba, Kremlin Minister Sergey Lavrov would not deny Russia has plans to install a new military base on the island, as has been rumored by experts and Russian media.
According to the Russian news agency Interfax who asked the minister during his visit to Havana, the Moscow official only said that “military cooperation with Cuba is successfully developing according to the agreements between both parties and as I understand it, both sides are satisfied with how the cooperation is taking place, Russia as well as Cuba.”
The rumors regarding the use of Cuba as a base for the Kremlin to pressure the U.S. have skyrocketed in recent days after NATO reaffirmed its support for Ukraine after the invasion by Russia and the Secretary General made an unexpected visit to Kiev.
During this same week, retired Colonel Viktor Baranets, and influential columnist for Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, assured that Russia has more than one option in responding to the possible entry of Ukraine into NATO.
“There are many options. The return of military bases in Cuba, for example. The missiles only take seven minutes to fly from Kharkov to Moscow […] And the new Russian hypersonic missile, Zircon, flies at a speed of 11,000 kilometers per hour,. And the distance between Cuba and the U.S. is only 180 kilometers,” he warned.
One very important point to keep in mind is that the only reason we face the possibility of another Cuban missile crisis is because the regime on the island that allowed the first one to unfold is the very same regime who is in power six decades later. Anyone who believes a Cuba under the control of the Castro family dictatorship could ever be anything less than a sworn enemy of America, let alone a friend, is either ignorant of history or does not have U.S. national security as their main objective.