Russian nuclear submarine and three warships headed for Cuba

Out of my way, Jar-Jar; I am boss of Caribbean

From our Russification of Cuba Bureau with some assistance from our Bureau of Extremely Intense Déjà Vu

Hoo-wee, Mama . . . Czar Vlad the Invader and Castro, Inc. are teaming up to stage a flashback-inducing display of Cold War era scaremongering in the Caribbean over the next few days. A mere ninety miles from Key West, Czar Vlad will be parking a flotilla of missile-carrying vessels, much to the delight of the military junta in Havana. Boo! Hope to scare you, Jar-Jar! Oh, but, of course, it’s impossible to scare you, Joe, due to the fact that you are in a permanent catatonic state. But others around you and in Cuba should get the message, loud and clear, even if you can’t.

From Granma Ultra-Lite (Associated Press)

Four Russian warships, including a nuclear-powered submarine, will arrive in Havana next week, Cuban officials said Thursday, citing “historically friendly relations” between both nations and as tensions escalate over Western military support for Ukraine in its war with Russia.

Cuba’s foreign ministry said in a news release that the ships will be in Havana between June 12 and June 17, noting that none of them will carry any nuclear weapons and assuring their presence “does not represent a threat to the region.”

The announcement came a day after U.S. officials said that Washington had been tracking Russian warships and aircraft that were expected to arrive in the Caribbean for a military exercise. They said the exercise would be part of a broader Russian response to the U.S. support for Ukraine.

The officials said that the Russian military presence was notable but not concerning. However, it’s taking place as Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested that Moscow could take “asymmetrical steps” elsewhere in the world in response to President Joe Biden’s decision to allow Ukraine to use U.S.-provided weapons to strike inside Russia to protect Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city.

Cuba’s Foreign Ministry said that the four Russian ships are the frigate “Gorshkov,” the nuclear-powered submarine “Kazan,” the fleet oil tanker “Pashin” and the salvage tug “Nikolai Chiker.”

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