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Russia with plans for military bases in Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela

Thursday, February 27th 2014 - 03:21 UTC
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Russia is planning to expand its permanent military presence outside its borders by placing military bases or seeking permission for navy ships to use ports in a number of foreign countries, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday. The list includes Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, the Seychelles, Singapore and several other countries Read full article


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  • Pirate Love

    Well Argentina anything to say about russias wishes to further militarize south america???? thought not!!! why not???

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 08:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yasu

    It is not correct to state that Yanukovich was a close ally of Russia and President Putin. Ynukovich is a very corrupt and undecisive politician, and it is natural that President Putin had to deal with him as long as Yanukovich is a president, which he still is, as the terrorists and crooks in Kiev did not go through the proper processes to overthrow a president elected by Ukranians. But in event, president Putin had to deal with him, as another crook Timoshenko was dealt by President Putin when she led Ukraine. President Putin is an uncorruptible patriotic president unlike Obama, CFK, Hollande, Cameron, etc.

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 08:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirate Love

    yasu, ALL politicians are crooks even youre beloved dear leader Putin isnt immune, thats their job.

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 08:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • zathras

    So Trolls, are you going to condemn this military buildup. Remember that Russian naval vessels carry nuclear weapons.
    In 2008 the Russian battlecruiser Petr Velikiy held exercises with the Venezuelan Navy.
    Petr Velikiy carries 20 P-700 Granit (SS-N-19 Shipwreck) anti-ship missiles, each with a yield of half a MEGATON.
    So remind us who is deploying nuclear weapons to the South Atlantic?

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 09:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Cognitio

    #2 Putin is a sad little man who absurdly overcompensates for his inadequacies. He creates false threats of external enemies in order to “big” himself up to the Russian public. Putin the hero! Putin the Warrior! Putin the Vain! He has an overwhelming need to define himself as an opponent to the west. (He'd probably feel at home in certain Latin American countries) I think he'd love to turn the clock back to the old USSR if he could. Problem is he can't . The reality today is that Russia has the third largest military budget with only eighth largest economy and the outlook for the Russian economy don't look great. Russia is petro-economy in a world which is becoming more fuel efficient and is about to be swamped in cheap shale gas. In these circumstances the wise move for Russia would be to rapidly diversify their economy. The best way to do this would be to encourage foreign investment and partnership. Unfortunately Putin's fragile ego requires all foreigners to be seen as threats. So the consequence of this is a future where Russia becomes increasingly isolated and increasingly irrelevant. The true enemy to Russia and the true ally of Russia's enemies is Putin himself.

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 09:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    I wonder how the Muslim Obuma will react to this, after he has shit himself, that is?

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 09:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mendoza Canadian

    Of course...VeneCuba...sounds like the 60's all over again.

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 10:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    Russia will get into trouble. Better they give up this idea.
    Brazil must advise Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua to not accept this INVASION.
    USA has an obligation to help us in this task.

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 10:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2


    Yep Russia cannot sustain Navy pouncing around the world. But the Chinese will be willing to follow in its footsteps in the same countries that are allied with Russia and are enabling them ports and bases

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 10:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Room101

    Fear, money, unrest, these are the keys to future Empires.

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 11:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    A country that has wolves running around the inside of Hotels can't afford to have bases around the world.

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 12:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Yeah that is funny yankee. Putin is insistent of a new USSR for some obscure reason. He also has 150k troops on standby near the Ukrainian. I think he's playing his streak a little too far and is going to get trumped.

    You know, even during their glory days, the USSR could not keep a safe and adequate fleet of submariners. Going into a Typoon with like going into a group coffin.

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 12:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Be serious

    Gibraltar has a good, hardly used naval dockyard.

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 01:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Russia is flexing its muscles,

    today she has 150,000 troops exercising on the Ukraine border,
    the Crimea is declaring its loyalty, Russia puts its air force on red alert,
    the USA And the UK , have warned them against aggression,

    and world moves closer to a violent outcome,

    yes Mr peaceful, everyone likes us, we have no enemies Cameron,
    warns== we have nothing to send, but we warn you anyway..

    funny old

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 01:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Vestige

    Cyprus ... wtf ?!

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 01:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Artillero 601

    Do they have the money to do all that ?

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 02:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    Its not very clear if Russia is going to build new ports and control them or simply visit more often the ones in those countries

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 02:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @2 And you're a brainwashed tosspot. Putin is, of course, well known as a butcher. And I don't mean that he carves beef! He's KGB and therefore, by definition, a homicidal, genocidal, maniacal murderer.
    @8 Man up. Do it yourself.
    @13 For use by the Royal Navy and its friends. Wonder if we still have those nuclear mines and depth charges. Properly placed, we can probably blow the spanish “navy”, literally, out of the water, at the same time.
    @14 Send? Ah yes. Could you calculate the effect of 14 100 kiloton MIRV warheads please? Please note that the START and SORT treaties have no effect on the UK. As a clue, the Hiroshima bomb has been estimated at 15 kilotons and the Nagasaki bomb at 21 kilotons.

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 02:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GFace

    @8, and then of course when the yanks takes *even* a diplomat initiative, what then will you do? Whine about US perenial interference in Latin America? I've heard this before all over the place. “Bring in the US they HAVE to do something?” and then wait salivating for them to inevitably do something wrong and then insist that the bull-in-the-china-shop should never have been there in the first place.

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 02:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • A_Voice

    Is that guy from the ministry of silly walks...?
    Where does he think he is....Back in the USSR.....
    Cyprus...?WTF....?..The UK Sovereign base.....I can see that happening.....Not!
    Putin doesn't have the money, he doesn't have the power and like everybody trusts the Russians....he will be lucky to keep his base in Crimea! Once all the shale gas becomes available he will have no hold over Ukraine. Ukraine will be protected by NATO and Russia is no match for NATO anymore....
    Dream on Russia....

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 02:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    We will do! As always do. USA has a comfortable position. So lose space and leadership.

    Brazil will do the job and taking the lead all the Americas.


    North America is a shit!

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 02:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2


    Why ?? You can’t even stop Maduro from killing his own people... You can’t even produce a world cup without people dying in the process and corruption in between.

    Brazil is a wannabe that is going to be outplyed by Mexico and the Pacific alliance

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 03:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    That good! Mexico!

    The problem is your, Rockfeller!

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 03:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    Pacific Alliance> Mercosul ( MIERDAsul)

    je je

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 03:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro


    Feb 27th, 2014 - 03:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CaptainSilver

    Bloody Russians! Willy waving morons. Trying to get influence they no longer have. Castro will soon topple and the rest will follow

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 04:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JoseAngeldeMonterrey

    Russia can´t afford to maintain real, effective and actionable military presence around the world. As usual, Putin´s only trying to play superpower, but they are not.
    The US has real military presence all over the world, it´s real deterrent for China and other countries who wish they´ll have chance to invade smaller nations around them. The US can afford it because it has the economy, the industrial base, the global financial and commercial reach, and unlike China and Russia, the US has rich and powerful allies around the world like Japan, Australia, New Zeland, England and many others willing to provide logistical support to the US navy.

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 06:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    As long as im well out of range,

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 07:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    15 Vestige:
    It could actually happen remember how Cyprus is split in half with Turkey owning one half and the half we reside on now actually wanting us there, but it is UK sovereign territory.

    The main reason for wanting to have a base there would be the exact same reason we refuse to give it up. All middle eastern fireoptic internet cables go through Cyprus. It's one of the biggest UK-US spying stations in the world.

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 08:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    I wonder if the US would decided to put it's own bases in South America?

    Perhaps Chile, Peru or Guyana would invite them in. Also, having a base in the South Atlantic territories might be beneficial to them. The Falkland Islands Government might be willing to allow the US use of their deep water port, or even to build a base on some uninhabited place in the Falkland Islands.

    I wonder how Argentina would respond to that? Or Russia?

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 08:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Infotech

    #5 Cognitio is closer to the truth on this than he realizes.
    In Romanian, i.e. the language, 'Putin' means 'little'. (it actually has a cedilla, that little French-comma-looking thing, under the t.)

    Feb 27th, 2014 - 09:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • zathras

    I see the Trolls have failed to respond.

    Remember its Russia that sent nuclear ARMED warships to the South Atlantic.
    Petr Velikiy was joined by a 2nd Russian vessel an Udaloy II class Destroyer (the name of which I've forgotten)
    but she too is Nuclear Armed.

    And now it is Russia that wants to militarize the Caribbean and South Atlantic.

    Oh and remind us who laid the thousands of landmines on the Falklands, but has failed to contribute to their removal.

    Feb 28th, 2014 - 08:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • RICO

    The UK maintains a presence in the Caribbean consisting of a frigate plus support vessel that carries out humanitarian relief and anti drugs patrol in cooperation with the US Coastguard and commonwealth countries and other partners.

    I am sure Russia could support a fleet triple the size in the Caribbean and South East Asia if it wanted to commit the tax dollars as long as it had ports to resupply and for shore leave. How much of a threat NATO would see in that and what they would actually do on tour I would have to say little on both accounts.

    Certainly the narco economies it allies with in LatAm won't be keen on seeing it do drugs patrol. Anti piracy action off Horn of Africa and in some Eastern Island chains would be welcome though.

    Feb 28th, 2014 - 01:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • A_neuTroll_Observer

    Last time I checked, Russia never INVADED Argentina.

    Britain did attack Argentina.

    It seems therein lies your “non-intelligibis”.

    Just like you keep a much larger troop presence in the Falklands now, because we attack you.

    Why is it that you Brits fail to understand that we don't trust you, based on your past actions? Why does this principle only apply to you onto others?

    Feb 28th, 2014 - 04:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    I wonder if the US would decided to put it's own bases in South America?

    As far as im aware, the Americans have a military presents in a lot of south American countries,
    If im correct, they even have advisors and trainers in Argentina itself..

    Feb 28th, 2014 - 06:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Comment removed by the editor.

    Mar 01st, 2014 - 09:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Why don't YOU Argentinians understand why Britain does not trust you based on your fairly recent actions.
    Thirty years ago for us as opposed to 140+ years ago for you.
    Most of Argentina's population would have no relatives in Argentina at the period to which you are referring.
    It makes as much sense as me saying, don't trust the Danes or Norwegians for their past actions.

    You are spouting ancient history while Argentina's actions are within living memory for us.

    Once you let the Russkis in, they will never leave.

    Mar 02nd, 2014 - 07:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • samson

    this comments are for incognitio.
    let me tell you something,the real enemy and cowards nations are the NATO'S nations,28 countries afraid or Russian,
    when soviet union fell,also fell the varsovia treaty but the cowards of nato are still alive,my question is why?
    why the ROMAN EMPIRE,sorry,the iwas confused,because usa and nato believe themselves as the roman empire,why they did not attack SIRIA?
    be realistic,russia is showing better yet,putin shows more power than nato and usa.
    and I am happy that Russia build a military bases in latin America,any way in a nuclear war,all of us will be more usa intervinning in any country,as usa did in grenada island,they went to ' help the civilian and they stole the island they kept it still and the invasion was almost 25 years ago,the usa as no moral to claim as never intervine on anothers countries that is B.S.

    Mar 04th, 2014 - 09:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Would you like to re write your post so that it makes sense ?

    Mar 05th, 2014 - 10:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yasu

    People do not understand the very complicated natures of US and EU imperialisms. As to Russia, it has been supplying military hardware to Venezuela, Cuba,Syrian Assad to repel US/EU imperialism.

    Mar 05th, 2014 - 12:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    So, you are not afraid of a nuclear war ? You must be a lunatic.!

    Mar 05th, 2014 - 05:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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