Putin Denies Russia to Reopen Spy Base in Cuba

Vladimir Putin.  Foto: RT Noticias
Vladimir Putin. Foto: RT Noticias

HAVANA TIMES — Russian President Vladimir Putin, has denied widespread reports that Russia and Cuba have agreed to reopen the Lourdes spying center dating back to the Soviet period, which was closed in 2001, reports Moscow’s RT news on Wednesday.

In a press conference held at the end of the BRICS summit in Brazil, Putin stressed that the issue of reopening the radio-electronic intelligence military base in Cuba has not been addressed.

Putin maintained that the base is no longer necessary for its intelligence gathering operations: “Russia is able to solve the tasks of its defense capability without renewing the Loudres center in Cuba,” notes RT.

The Cuban government and controlled press has not mentioned a word about any agreement on the Lourdes base or any new agreement regarding it.

The base was closed in 2001, when Moscow cut its military intelligence budget and to satisfy the request of the United States. For several decades this center, installed by the USSR in 1967 and located only 250 miles from the US coast, allowed the USSR and later Russia to intercept radio and telephone communications, and collect intelligence from what was considered its ‘potential enemy’.

The Lourdes base, notes RT, was the most powerful radio-electronic intelligence center of the USSR outside its national territory.

 


6 thoughts on “Putin Denies Russia to Reopen Spy Base in Cuba

  • As I have pointed out in a previous thread, it’s not inCuba’s interest to be part in escalating a new cold war.

    My first reason was: the illegitimacy of the move, as the population was not consulted, due to the lack of any independent, or accountable, decision making institution, mechanism in the country.

    In the light of current events I have to add: irresponsibility. Putinism it’s not an
    ideology, if the only valid argument to be had for a re-assertive Russia is to
    balance world powers. Then Cuba has done their fair share of that business.
    Cuba has bet to the losing horse once and pay dearly.

    I’m glad that this shenanigan appears to be a political
    stunt, aimed to sound out the waters; and that this tragic incident (Malaysian plane) send a timely warning to the Cuban leadership.

  • As I have pointed out in a previous thread, it’s not in Cuba’s interest to be part in escalating a new cold war.

    My first reason was: the illegitimacy of the move, as the population was not consulted, due to the lack of any independent, or accountable, decision making institution, mechanism in the country.

    In the light of current events I have to add: irresponsibility. Putinism it’s not an
    ideology, if the only valid argument to be had for a re-assertive Russia is to
    balance world powers. Then Cuba has done their fair share of that business.
    Cuba has bet to the losing horse once and pay dearly.

    I’m glad that this shenanigan appears to be a political stunt, aimed to sound out the waters; and that this tragic incident (Malaysian plane) send a timely warning to the Cuban leadership.

  • Oh come on Putin !
    The moron right NEEDS that good old Soviet threat-that-never-was; that monster hiding under every bed;.that threat to justify spending a trillion dollars a year and placing U.S military in 120 countries or so to “defend” “OUR” “interests” .
    So many words in State Department descriptions of what the U.S. does to the world are lies of omission that it is difficult to not put all those quotation marks around them to point them out.
    Meanwhile back on Earth,
    THERE IS NO MILITARY THREAT TO THE WORLD”S MOST POWERFUL EMPIRE TO EVER HAVE EXISTED.

  • This is somewhat off topic, but the situation in Ukraine has just gotten a hell of a lot more complicated. A passenger airline has crashed in the area of eastern Ukraine contested by Russian separatists. It is feared that 295 people have been killed. The Ukrainian gov’t has accused the Russian rebels of shooting down the plane. A leader of the Russian rebel group posted on Facebook a claim his groups shot down the plane, and then shortly there after, scrubbed the post. Putin & Obama have discussed the issue a few minutes ago.

    This is not good.

  • This is curious, given that the source for the story was RT, the Russian news agency funded by the Russian government and which is well known for hewing to the official government view.

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