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Vietnam told them to go frack themselves, Cuba would be willing and why would India let their ships into their waters? Ah excuse me but Russia has been doing everything possible to destroy relations with Washington. This is the start of the new cold war. Then again it never really ended as Russian missiles are aimed at the USA today.

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Time for the US to get serious about the proposed sit-down with Cuba. If they continue to insist on the meaningless embargo that's lasted far too long I have no doubt Cuba would be more than willing to take in Russian ships, and that would pose some serious problems to security in the Americas.

YuriOtani: "Then again it never really ended as Russian missiles are aimed at the USA today."

As US missiles are pointed likewise at Russia, and heaps of other nations, no doubt. Efforts by both governments to reduce stockpiles and get rid of nukes don't seem to be being taken all that seriously anymore.

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Of course, as soon as the United States of America ended the embargo the same America - haters who blame all of Cuba's woes not on Castro and Stalinism but on the American embargo will start their whining and complaining. You will hear them say that materialism or the Yankee dollar or neo-liberalism (whatever that is) is destroying the idyllic Cuba of their imaginations. Never changes.

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USA_gold: "haters who blame all of Cuba's woes not on Castro and Stalinism but on the American embargo will start their whining and complaining."

BS, and you know it. I don't know anyone that blames Cuba's woes on the US or anyone else MORE than they do Cuba itself -- they merely say the embargo doesn't help anything, and they wouldn't start whining about whatever other terms you were trying to coin.

In any case, if you don't lose the embargo, and doing so should require the stipulation that Russia canNOT house its military there, then get ready for Russia to be in your 'back door', so to speak. My guess is THAT whining will be a lot louder. :)

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Here's a novel concept; All nations limit their military to be stationed within their own borders for National DEFENSE, and not seek to build empires. Same for everyone.

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Give em the bases. Sure, go for it. It's all posturing anyway. The Russian navy isn't much to look at and the idea of them having to pay rent again is amusing. It's more likely that they're trying to figure out where they can put some of their ships if the security situation in Syria forces them to leave Tartus.

I'm more worried about Putin trying to get Russia's fingers back into some of pies that burned it a couple decades ago. The Russian economy is bouncing back a little but it's mostly based on pipeline revenue, their military is not aging well, and their social conditions have improved but are still far from anything most first world citizens would want to aspire to. That said, they still hold sway in parts of the world and they've shown their ability to undermine international efforts in Syria among other places.

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Hasn't this story already been dismissed as false?

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@ Herve Nmn L'Eisa

Here's a novel concept; All nations limit their military to be stationed within their own borders for National DEFENSE, and not seek to build empires. Same for everyone.

Good idea ! But what about 800 US military bases all around the world ?

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@TheQuestion The Russian navy isn't much to look at and the idea of them having to pay rent again is amusing.

For Russia (unlike Japan US or GB) Army is much more important then Navy ( longest land border in the world)

But today Russia has enough money to build new warships and new overseas bases ...

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Hey, how about if the U.S. vacates Yokosuka and the Russians move in? I'll bet the Japanese will love this!

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Olegek, counting all the "lily-pad" mini-bases puts the US count well over 1000. And, yes, I was referring to them as well.

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Serrano, how about if the US moves out and no outside forces move in, but Japan takes full responsibility for her OWN defense?

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Herve, how is that going to help the Russians get overseas bases? Anyway Japan can't afford to take full responsibility for her own defense right now. They could have 20 years ago...

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Russia wants naval bases abroad

That is not military bases.

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For Russia (unlike Japan US or GB) Army is much more important then Navy ( longest land border in the world)

Oh yeah, wouldn't want anybody trespassing on the uninhabitable tundra that makes up the bulk of their country.

But today Russia has enough money to build new warships and new overseas bases ...

New doesn't translate to good. The 'new' Russian equipment I've seen is way out of date compared to most western tech. Armor isn't rated to hold up against depleated uranium rounds, their systems are several years behind western counterparts in terms of computer guidance, and they don't have anything remotely similar to the Aegis combat control system developed for US and allied navy vessals.

So yes, they could build new ships but they'd only be good ships if they were contending with something out of a history book. I suppose they could be used for pirate supression, take some of the burden off of the US navy. They'd be better of refitting their old fleet with some upgrades though.

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The reason Russia continues to supply weapons to Syria is because they need a seaport that is reliable in the Mediterranean. You can buy love!

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@ TheQuestion Oh yeah, wouldn't want anybody trespassing on the uninhabitable tundra that makes up the bulk of their country.

No almost whole border of Russia can be used for invasions... Tundra - inside (like Intel)

NATO from the WEST

Islamist wrom the South

Also Japan and China - not bad ? eh ?

New doesn't translate to good. The 'new' Russian equipment I've seen is way out of date compared to most western tech

Oh my dear friend - Russians live for one thousand years side by side with high developed western civilisation They are used to beat these noble knights...

So yes, they could build new ships

They will

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The reason Russia continues to supply weapons to Syria is because they need a seaport that is reliable in the Mediterranean.

No - to stop US Army...

Hitler invasion can be stoped in Austria

Alas !

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