MOSCOW, February 26 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is planning to expand its permanent military presence outside its borders by placing military bases in a number of foreign countries, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.
Shoigu said the list includes Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, the Seychelles, Singapore and several other countries.
“The talks are under way, and we are close to signing the relevant documents,” Shoigu told reporters in Moscow.
The minister added that the negotiations cover not only military bases but also visits to ports in such countries on favorable conditions as well as the opening of refueling sites for Russian strategic bombers on patrol.
Moscow currently has only one naval base outside the former Soviet Union – in Tartus, Syria, but the fate of this naval facility is uncertain because of the ongoing civil war in that country.
Post-Soviet Russia closed a large naval base in Vietnam and a radar base in Cuba in 2002 due to financial constraints.
However, Russia has started reviving its navy and strategic aviation since mid-2000s, seeing them as a tool to project the Russian image abroad and to protect its national interests around the globe.
Now, Moscow needs to place such military assets in strategically important regions of the world to make them work effectively toward the goal of expanding Russia’s global influence.
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- bielecGood idea04:05, 27/02/2014However, here is a better way to justify this decision:
Rather than saying, "these bases are a tool to project the Russian image abroad and to protect its national interests around the globe", (which kind of sounds like American imperialism), Russia should honestly say that military bases abroad are needed to increase Russia's self-defence capabilities and to protect Russia's political allies."
- freemaineMaybe, if Russia helps Maine Secede05:54, 27/02/2014Perhaps if Russia supports the secession movement in Maine, perhaps after the secession vote June 12, 2018, perhaps, just perhaps, we might welcome a base.
- antfreRussian bases oversea17:57, 27/02/2014Russia wil seek bases in countries with pro Communist Regimes, ex. Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Vietnam. So what is the deal? Is Russia still a Communist country or what. I think Putin is in love with the main characteristic of Comunist sociaties. "The leader is for live"
- freemaineMaybe, if Russia helps Maine Secede22:01, 01/03/2014Antfre,
Russia would be foolish to ignore Maine simply because Maine will be neither communist or a member of the UN.
While we, in no way be allied with Russia, neither will we be allied with the communist of the US.
Find Maine on the map of the world and tell me of a better place for not only a Christian refuge, but a Russian naval/air base in this hemisphere..
- rosenUh...00:22, 28/02/2014Honestly, I don't see how this is different from what the US is doing...
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