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Russian naval ships are scheduled to dock in Havana, Cuba assert no perceived threat

Cuban officials announced that four Russian vessels, including a nuclear-powered submarine, are set to dock in Havana next week.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs assured that the vessels, devoid of nuclear weapons, pose no threat to the region and adhere to international regulations.

However, concerns arise due to the proximity of Cuba and the US, especially amid heightened tensions over the conflict in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin hinted at potential “asymmetrical” responses if Western nations supplied weapons to Ukraine. The US clarified that any arms provided would be for defensive purposes along Ukraine’s border.

Meanwhile, Russia plans to conduct naval exercises in the Caribbean, including the deployment of combat vessels.

While the US Navy monitors the situation, Cuba’s Foreign Ministry detailed the visiting Russian fleet, which includes the Kazan submarine, the Gorshkov frigate, the Pashin oil tanker, and the Nikolay Chiker salvage tug.

The arrival of the Russian fleet will be marked by ceremonial salutes between the vessels and Cuba’s Revolutionary Armed Forces.

Recent years have seen closer ties between Russia and Cuba, with President Miguel Diaz-Canel’s meetings with Putin contributing to the strengthening of relations.

However, historical tensions resurface with memories of the Cuban Missile Crisis during the Cold War, underscoring the delicate geopolitical landscape.

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