PATROLLING GULF OF MEXICO
ON FUTURE RUSSIAN-SINO BASE IN CUBA
Friday, August 17, 2012: Texas Senator Cornyn Demands Answers
on Russian Sub in Gulf of Mexico
Russian Akula-class nuclear submarine
patrolled for weeks inside the Gulf of Mexico with long-ranged
cruise missiles. This was confirmed after it left the region.
Answers of the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs S. V. Lavrov to Mass
Media Questions, Moscow, 28 July 2012
can you comment on the Russia`s intent to establish abroad the naval
forces bases, including in Vietnam, the Seychelles and Cuba?
S. V. Lavrov: In
the present conditions the Russian navy discharges tasked throughout the
World Ocean. Currently, it is especially required in the Indian Ocean,
the Gulf of Aden, where we fight with pirates together with the European
Union, NATO, Indians and Chinese, our ships coordinate their actions.
There is no wonder about it.
As far as the Pacific Ocean is concerned, Russia is a Pacific power,
having the Pacific navy, which exercises cruises and has to secure
readiness for response to any threats and challenges. Piracy is not
limited by one region of the world. For example, in the Strait of
Malacca in the South-Eastern Asia these “guys” often misbehave too. That
is why for the Russian navy, serving abroad, throughout the World Ocean
it is important to have logistic support capabilities.
We have an agreement with a number of countries so that the Russian
ships could harbor and resupply, and the crew could have a rest. The
Vietnamese in the Bay of Cam Ranh perform minor repair of the ships,
sailing from various countries. The Americans also have their ships
repaired and served there. There is no sensation in this issue.
it mean establishing a naval base in Cuba?
S. V. Lavrov: We
are not speaking of any bases. The Russian navy ships serve, exercise
cruises and training in the same regions. To harbor, resupply and enable
the crew to rest are absolutely natural needs. We have spoken of such
opportunities with our Cuban friends.
does such plan work?
S. V. Lavrov: It
works. As you remember, similar calls were implemented a couple of years
ago in Venezuela.
it right to interpret establishing of such bases as possible obtaining
of arguments in the dispute with the USA on the ballistic missile
S. V. Lavrov: Only
absolute paranoiac may think like that. These issues are not anyhow
related. I can invert it: look at the routes of American navies that are
next larger than the Russian navy. They harbour, resupply and do
absolutely the same, and nobody suspects it to be related to some
response or search of counterarguments for any situation. It is a normal
need of the naval forces of any large sea power, just like the Russian
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