A few weeks ago a Russian warship was spotted in Cuba. That wasn’t just a friendly visit. Vladimir Putin is planning military bases in Latin America, according to US military officials per a report in The Hill.
Away from the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is quietly seeking a foothold in Latin America, military officials warn.
To the alarm of lawmakers and Pentagon officials, Putin has begun sending navy ships and long-range bombers to the region for the first time in years.
Russia’s defense minister says the country is planning bases in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, and just last week, Putin’s national security team met to discuss increasing military ties in the region.
“They’re on the march,” Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said at a Senate hearing earlier this month. “They’re working the scenes where we can’t work. And they’re doing a pretty good job.”
Gen. James Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command said there has been a “noticeable uptick in Russian power projection and security force personnel” in Latin America.
“It has been over three decades since we last saw this type of high-profile Russian military presence,” Kelly said at the March 13 hearing. (Read More)
They say the US presence in Latin America has been diminished due to budget cuts. And it isn’t just Russia eyeing Latin American countries, Iran is, too. This is what happens when our political leaders choose expanding the welfare state and “liberating” people from work over maintaining a strong military.