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From theĀ breitbart.com article:
Russia could use bases for its strategic bombers on the doorstep of the United States in Cuba and Venezuela to underpin long-distance patrols in the region, a senior air force officer said Saturday.

“This is possible in Cuba,” General Anatoly Zhikharev, chief of the Russian air force’s strategic aviation staff, told the Interfax-AVN military news agency.

The comments were the latest signal that Moscow intends to project its military capability in far-flung corners of the globe despite a tight defence budget and hardware that experts consider in many respects outdated.

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From the news.yahoo.com article:
A Russian anti-submarine destroyer and two logistical warships are entering waters off Cuba in a nonmilitary visit that’s the first of its kind since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

The Admiral Chabanenko vessel is unfurling black plumes of smoke as it chugs toward Havana Bay, flanked by two smaller boats.

Closer to shore, a barge that routinely ferries food from the United States to the communist-run island is apparently moving to make room for the Russian boats. Washington’s trade embargo allows direct sale of U.S. agricultural products to Cuba.

The Russian ships plan to moor on Friday in Havana in a show of increased cooperation between the two countries, though Cuba’s government is not commenting.

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From theĀ breitbart.com article:
Russia said on Monday it was sending a group of warships to Soviet-era ally Cuba in its latest defiant naval move around US waters, part of a drive to revive old Cold War ties with Latin America.

The warships will visit Havana on December 19-23, the navy said, continuing a tour that has already taken in US foes Venezuela and Nicaragua and seen the ships pass through the Panama Canal for the first time since World War II.

“This will be the first visit to Cuba by Russian warships since the Soviet era,” the Russian naval headquarters said in a statement.

The destroyer Admiral Chabanenko and two other ships already held exercises with Venezuela’s navy in the Caribbean Sea last month.

The naval manoeuvres close to US waters are seen as a riposte to Washington’s own moves in Russia’s Soviet-era sphere of influence, including in the Black Sea.

US officials have said they see no military threat from Russia’s naval manoeuvres but continue to keep a close eye on the situation.

Despite the growing Russian assertiveness, defence experts have said Russia’s navy remains severely weakened following years of post-Soviet neglect.

That impression was reinforced by the inadvertent fatal poisoning last month of 20 people aboard a Russian nuclear-powered submarine that was undergoing tests off the Pacific coast.

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From the yahoo.com article:
Russia will offer to share its air defence expertise with Cuba when a military delegation visits the Caribbean island this week, Interfax news agency reported on Monday.

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