Russian Nuclear Submarine Docks in Cuba, Near US Naval Base

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.13 - 2024 2:24 PM CET

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
A Russian naval fleet has arrived in Cuba.

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The Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov and the nuclear-powered submarine Kazan, accompanied by a tugboat and a fuel vessel, have arrived in the Cuban capital of Havana for a five-day visit.

According to various media sources, Moscow views this visit as a display of its naval prowess amidst the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Both the Admiral Gorshkov and Kazan are equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry, including hypersonic Zircon missiles, Kalibr cruise missiles, and Onyx anti-ship missiles, as confirmed by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

This deployment is significant as it positions Russian military assets in close proximity to United States' territory - just 160 kilometers from Key West, Florida, home to a major US naval air base.

The timing of this deployment coincides with increased support from the US and its Western allies to Ukraine, including authorization for Kyiv to utilize Western-supplied weapons against targets within Russia.

This backing arrives as Russia initiates a new offensive in the northeastern Kharkiv region.