Russian Official Doesn’t Rule Out Sending Military to Cuba, Venezuela

Moscow wants the US to stop sending its military near Russia's borders

On Thursday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Russia sending a military deployment to Venezuela or Cuba if the US doesn’t give Moscow any security guarantees.

Ryabkov said he could “neither confirm nor exclude” the possibility of sending troops to Latin America. “It all depends on the action by our US counterparts,” he said.

Ryabkov’s comments were amplified by Western media, which highlighted the fact that any Russian deployments near the US would be viewed as a major provocation while US deployments near Russia are the norm. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan dismissed what Ryabkov said as “bluster.”

Russia wants the US and NATO to stop deploying troops near its borders and is seeking guarantees that would halt the Western military alliance’s expansion. But during talks this week, both the US and NATO flatly rejected the Russian demand.

Amid the Western negotiations with Moscow, some NATO states near Russia are calling for more troops on their soil. On Wednesday, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are in talks to increase the presence of NATO troops in the region. Both Latvia and Estonia border Russia, and NATO drills are often held in the Baltic countries.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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