world : Russian warships arrive in Cuba in show of force

world : Russian warships arrive in Cuba in show of force
world : Russian warships arrive in Cuba in show of force

Wednesday 12 June 2024 10:54 PM

Nafeza 2 world - Early on a grey and overcast morning, the Russian vessels entered Havana Bay, flanked by smaller support vessels, to a 21-gun salute.

In a statement, Russia's defence minister said the visit was unofficial, allowing the vessels' crews to "rest and get acquainted with local attractions".

Russia has sent warships to Cuba in the past and the two nations are long-standing allies - but the timing of these particular exercises stands out.

Coming amid growing tensions over Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, the operation is being interpreted by some as sabre-rattling by Moscow.

Certainly, it appears to send a pretty clear message from the Kremlin to Washington about what they consider to be meddling in their backyard.

The visit is an important symbol of support to the communist-run government in Cuba and its socialist ally, Venezuela, where the warships may sail to next after they finish in Havana.

From the US perspective, officials have indicated that they are aware of the visit - but do not consider that it poses a threat to the US, adding that their understanding was that the nuclear-powered submarine was not carrying nuclear weapons.

In essence, while the visit may be considered broadly routine, the context of wider global hostilities in which it is taking place is anything but.

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