Russia is worried about losing Cuba and wants to send troops

MOSCOW, BM, ($1=74.31 Russian Rubles) – Protests over the past 24 hours in Cuba have worried Moscow, and the first fears have surfaced that Russia is likely to lose the strategic island for the future deployment of air defense systems, ships, and aircraft.

There are currently protests in Cuba. According to the Russian embassy in Havana, these protests are linked to living standards, the growing Kovid-19 epidemic, and its complications. The emergence of political slogans is already beginning to speak more clearly that the intervention of foreign forces is possible as a reason for these protests. Arrests are being made by both police and Cuban intelligence. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has appealed to the country’s communists, who he says should also take to the streets and oppose “this vandalism,” he said.

What is happening on the “Liberty Island” has provoked some Russian experts to express the opinion that Moscow will lose its position on the island and the probability of starting restrictions on the deployment of military systems and facilities is high. Moscow describes the protests in Cuba as “radical vandalism” and sees them as an attempt to change power.

“It is highly likely that Russia will lose the ability to deploy its air defense/missile defense systems, missiles, fighter jets, and navy in Cuba in the future,” Aviapro wrote.

Cuba is more of a strategic territory for Russia than a friendly and economical partner. Moscow is counting on Cuban territory to be its “silo” for launching missiles in a possible conflict with the United States. For both Washington and Moscow, deterring powerful weapons is a strategic policy.

Russian experts believe that if Havana allows Moscow to deploy its forces or troops in Cuba, the protests will subside and things will return to “normal” on “Liberty Island”. The Russian ambassador to the island believes that despite everything, the protests are mainly related to the low standard of living.

“No, this is not an attempt at a coup. The protests are not against the restrictions, but are mainly related to the explosion of Kovid in the country and the indifference of the authorities who allowed this,” Andrey Guskov said on Russia-24 TV channel. He thus answered the question of whether the protests were caused by secret restrictions or were an attempt to overthrow the government.

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