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Cuban state visit to Russia demonstrates importance of Havana for Putin’s anti-American agenda

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Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel will make an official state visit to Russia this week to attend the unveiling of a statue of Fidel Castro at the Sokol metro station in northwest Moscow.

Despite Cuba’s decision earlier this year to abstain from a UN vote condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Ukrainian territory, Cuba and Russia remain close geopolitical, economic and military allies. continue to share an anti-American vision.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has generously pumped hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil into the island nation, and in return Cuba has set up Russian intelligence at the infamous Lourdes SIGINT station near Havana, where the U.S. Actively monitor communications.

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Russian Security Council Vice-President Dmitry Medvedev (right) shakes hands with Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel during a meeting at the Gorki residence outside Moscow on November 21, 2022.

Despite Cuba’s dire economic prospects, Russia has been willing to repeatedly extend financial lifelines to the Caribbean islands in exchange for a stronger geopolitical and military presence just 150 miles from the U.S. coast. At a time when Russia is at greater risk than ever in the post-Cold War era, Russia’s commitment to critical resources has been described by many as the command center for the “long war” Russia seeks. scholars believe in Cuba. Play as you fight for hearts and minds in the Latin America region.

Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R-Fla.) told Fox News Digital: Equipment and intelligence from Russia… The Cuban regime benefits because it can sustain itself further with Russian blood money. Communism only works with other people’s money.

Rebekah Koffler, a Russian-born intelligence expert and former Defense Intelligence Agency officer, believes a possible deployment of Russian troops to the island.

“Russia is probably considering deploying military assets and personnel to Cuba, to show Washington that it can also mess up its backyard. –Cannell agrees.”

Sixty years after the devastating Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the threat of a new confrontation looms large.

“Putin may want permission to deploy nuclear weapons on the island because Moscow fears NATO intervention in the Russia-Ukraine war. This is intended as a deterrent. But it will likely be perceived by Washington as an escalation,” Koffler said.

Díaz Canel’s visit shows that Cuba remains firmly in Russia’s geopolitical orbit, and relations between the two countries are arguably closer than ever since the end of the Cold War.

The late Cuban leader Fidel Castro met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Havana, Cuba during the Russian president's visit in 2014.  (AP Photo/Alex Castro)

The late Cuban leader Fidel Castro met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Havana, Cuba during the Russian president’s visit in 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Castro)

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As Koffler points out, “On January 24, one month before the so-called ‘special operation’ (Russia’s invasion of Ukraine), the presidents of Cuba and Russia exchanged ‘friendly and productive telephone calls. Meanwhile, they discussed their “strategic strategy.”… Less than a week before the invasion, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov visited Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, Russia’s key allies in Latin America, We secured support.”

Despite its close ties, Cuba and its other Latin American allies, such as Venezuela and Bolivia, have been criticized by the United Nations for a vote earlier this year condemning Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, and the ensuing October 12 vote by Russia on Ukrainian territory. It shocked the world when it abstained from voting on annexation.

Koffler believes the decision is tied to maximizing Cuba’s economic standing with its historic benefactor.

“Cuba did not vote outright in favor of Russia, presumably because it wants negotiating leverage over Russia. In 2014, Havana, Cuba will likely want further debt forgiveness by Moscow.”

Russia and China have great interest in the region, but they take very different approaches to Latin America. While China has largely limited its interests to securing a return on economic investment, Russia has returned to Cold War thinking to ensure the stability and survival of its authoritarian allies and to strengthen the opposition. has made significant political investments in American movements and emotions.

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A guard of honor attends the Revolution Day celebrations in Guantanamo, Cuba.

A guard of honor attends the Revolution Day celebrations in Guantanamo, Cuba.
(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

The new use of Lourdes SIGINT facilities to actively monitor US communications is a key component of Russia’s long-term warfare strategy in the region, which consists primarily of hostilities with the United States.

However, given Cuba’s history of active military intervention around the world, military intervention on the part of Cuba in Ukraine is not beyond the realm of possibility. Last week, state television host Vladimir Solovyov called for an international brigade to help Russia.

“I don’t understand why the Americans always improvise and form an international coalition, even if they were fighting in Grenada. Why would we deny ourselves the pleasure? and in Africa we have Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, Iran and North Korea, please help us.”

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Giving the example of foreign volunteer work during the Spanish Civil War, he said, “If volunteers from all over the world go to Donetsk to fight, why shouldn’t they be given the opportunity to organize and create international organizations? ‘ added.

However, Koffler believes this is unlikely.

“I don’t think it’s very likely, but I can’t quite rule out the possibility that it’s not voluntary, or at least coercive,” she said. Alone, most of his rhetoric is meant to frighten the West and to provoke ultranationalist sentiments within Russia. We need to take his rants…a grain of salt.”

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