Russia, nuclear submarine and ships in Cuba: Putin’s show of strength for US aid to Ukraine

Russia, nuclear submarine and ships in Cuba: Putin’s show of strength for US aid to Ukraine
Russia, nuclear submarine and ships in Cuba: Putin’s show of strength for US aid to Ukraine

The nuclear-powered submarine Kazan arriving at the port of Havana together with a guided missile frigate. Moscow’s move in the Caribbean appears to respond to US support for Ukraine and NATO moves in Eastern Europe


A Russian naval group is arriving in Cuba on Wednesday with two jewels of the Russian Navy: the Kazan nuclear-powered submarine and the missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov.

It seems like a new challenge, or a new show of strength by President Vladimir Putin, after the start of exercises with non-strategic nuclear warheads together with Belarus.

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Ships flying the banner of St. Andrew, the flag of the Russian Navy, are kept under close observation by the US Navyparticularly interested in the threat and taking a look at the military capability of the Russian Federation fleet.

The nuclear submarine (equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles with a range of up to 2,500 kilometers and the frigate (armed with Zirkon hypersonic missiles) are supported by two auxiliary vessels, a tanker and a tug.

Russia’s war exercises in the Caribbean: a new Cuban crisis?

On the route to Cuba the ships led exercises “on the use of precision missile weapons in the Atlantic Ocean” as part of bilateral cooperation with the Caribbean island, announced the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Alexander Moiseyev.

During the exercise, Russian crews used high-precision missile weapons against sea targets, at a distance of over 600 kilometers, and “the ships passed a few dozen kilometers off the coast of Florida” according to Russian Defense Ministry sources cited by local media.

The Russian military presence in Cuba has been welcomed by the Havana regime after years of isolation: the last visit to the island by a Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, dates back to 1989.

The Cuban Foreign Ministry said that the Russian warships will remain in Havana until June 17underlining that none of them carry nuclear weaponsi.e. ensuring that their presence “does not constitute a threat to the region”.

Cubans want to avoid any parallels with the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, when the Soviet attempt to deploy nuclear warheads on the island brought the world to the brink of World War III.

US: Russian submarine in Cuba “is not a threat” to security

US Navy tracked nuclear submarine off Florida with ‘sub hunter’ aircraft P-8 Poseidonwith destroyers USS Truxtun and USS Donald Cook and a Canadian Navy frigate, according to Newsweek magazine.

White House national security spokesman John Kirby said the United States was monitoring the situation but “they don’t see it as a threat to their national security.”

At the G7 which is about to open in Puglia “new sanctions will be announced against Russia” for its aggression against Ukraine, Kirby added, also giving a reason for the timing of the Russian exercise.

However, this is not the first time that Russia has sent its warships to the Caribbeanbut the visit followed President Putin’s warning that Moscow may respond to a decision by Ukraine’s Western allies to allow Kiev to use its weapons to strike targets in Russia.

The Russian naval initiative also looks like one maritime diplomacy move. The Kremlin is worried about projecting an image of power on the seas after the hits inflicted by Ukrainian marine drones on the Russian Black Sea fleet.

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