Russia Sends Warships, Including Nuclear Submarine, to Cuba

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.07 - 2024 8:33 AM CET

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Russian warships, including a nuclear submarine, head to Cuba in a provocative show of strength.

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Russia is sending several ships, including a nuclear submarine, to Cuba next week to celebrate the friendship between the two countries. This port visit includes a frigate, an oil tanker, and a salvage tug, with none of the vessels carrying nuclear weapons.

The Cuban government announced the Russian Navy's planned visit from June 12 to 17.

The Cuban Foreign Ministry confirmed that the ships pose no danger to the region.

The Miami Herald reported, citing a high-ranking US government official, that Russia plans to conduct military exercises in the Caribbean involving aircraft and warships.

These will be the first such exercises in the Western Hemisphere in five years, and the first since the start of Russia's war in Ukraine.

The exercises may include port visits to Cuba and Venezuela, both allies of Russia.

This move is seen as a response to the US government's recent decision to allow Ukraine to use American weapons against Russian targets on a limited scale.

According to Die Presse, Moscow's increased activity near the United States is perceived as a message to worry the US, with Havana located just 170 kilometers from Key West, Florida.

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