The communist Castro regime is getting closer and chummier with Russia with each passing day. Considering Putin’s quest for dominance, it may only be a matter of time before we see Russian missiles in Cuba again.
Professor Jaime Suchlicki explains how another Cuban missile crisis may be on the horizon.
There Might be Another Cuban Missile Crisis on the Horizon
In 1962, the Soviet Union surreptitiously introduced nuclear missiles into Cuba bringing the world close to a nuclear holocaust. The United States blockaded Cuba and forced the Soviets to withdraw their missiles. After several tense days, the crisis was over.
The Soviets sought to change the balance of power in the word, including forcing the United States to withdraw its missiles from Europe and guaranteeing the security of the Castro regime. If successful, the Soviets would have emerged as an equal or greater power than the United States, with unsurpassed prestige in the Third World.
Now the Russians are warming again their relations with Cuba. A series of meetings between prominent Russians and Cuban officials during this year shows the Kremlin’s desire to re-establish its presence on the Island.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin reaffirmed his commitment through a series of agreements in June, during Cuba’s Prime Minister Manuel Marrero’s visit to Moscow. The agreements include oil supplies, wheat sales and the reestablishment of flights between Russia and Cuba. The Kremlin finalized a loan for Cuba’s steel factory and pledged to finance the completion of three new thermoelectric plants using Russian technology.
Russia also agreed to purchase and develop thousands of acres of Cuba’s agricultural land, develop a hotel and shopping mall, modernize Cuba’s industrial complex, and provide arms and equipment for its military and police.
For its part, Cuba will lift tariffs on Russian imports, allow Russian banks to operate on the island and establish mechanisms for the exchange of currency.
While this new understanding between the two countries seems benevolent and focused on helping the Cuban economy, there is the underlying threat of close military relations. The growing number of Russian naval vessels visiting Cuba especially nuclear submarines, will create an international crisis and force the United States to react.
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