Cold War 2.0: Russia mulls military bases In Cuba, Vietnam - RFE/RL

16:21 Oct. 8, 2016

Russia mulls military bases In Cuba, Vietnam - RFE/RL

A secret Russian listening station conducts it's activities in Cuba, October 18, 2001 (GettyImages Photo)

Putin closed down Soviet-era bases in the two countries in 2001

Russia's Defense Ministry says it is considering the possibility of reestablishing Moscow's Soviet-era bases in Cuba and Vietnam.

In 2001, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the military to pull back from Cuba and Vietnam as he sought to bolster ties with the United States.

Read also: Russia finishing construction of new military base near Ukraine

But US-Russian relations have plunged in recent years to their lowest point since the Cold War amid strains over Syria and Russian involvement in Ukraine.

Commenting on the Ministry's statement, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said "all countries assess those changes from the point of view of their national interests and take steps they consider necessary."

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