Russia ‘considering military bases in Cuba and Vietnam’

A Russian Sukhoi Su-30 takes off from Hmeymim airbase in Syria. (Sputnik News)

The Cold War appears to be in line for a reboot as Russia considers the return of a permanent military presence in Vietnam and Cuba.

Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov announced that he would be reviewing a previous, decade-old decision to close the two bases in the respective nations, which served as instrumental bases of operations during the Cold War.

Pankov’s announcement comes at a time of growing tensions between the United States and the Russian Federation, as well as the approval for a longer term military presence at the Hmeimim airbase in Syria.

Russia has been looking into the idea of military bases in both Cuba and Vietnam for some time since lowering their flags in 2000- part of a military drawdown brought on by the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, the new move pushes the return to the global stage in an aggressive direction as the superpower also eyes bases in Singapore and Nicaragua.

According to the BBC, Pankov would only say that the Russian parliament was “dealing with the issue” of the two bases, and would not go into further detail.

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