With the US and Russia entangled in a bizarre web of worldwide tension, all eyes have been on the provocations that have become the staple of Moscow’s foreign policy.
Over the course of the last few years, the Russian military has been spending an inordinate amount of time harassing US military vessels of all stripes. Whether its buzzing our warships abroad, or intercepting our aircraft in international airspace, Moscow has made a habit of being a dangerous nuisance to American servicemen and women.
Now, after the Trump administration pressured the Kremlin to remove two nuclear bombers from Venezuela, Russia has announced plans to bring a military presence back to the Western Hemisphere…this time even nearer to the American soil.
Russia has decided to develop a long-term military presence in the Caribbean in conjunction with the socialist nation of Venezuela, on one of its islands in the Caribbean Sea. The move seems to be a response to the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The recent flights of Russian Tu-160 long-range nuclear bombers are part of this effort.
“According to military envoys, Russian authorities have made a decision (and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro did not object) to deploy strategic aircraft to one of Venezuela’s islands in the Caribbean Sea, which has a naval base and a military airfield. Ten years ago, Russian experts and Armed Forces commanders had already visited the island of La Orchila, located 200 kilometers northeast of Caracas. Venezuelan laws prohibit the setup of military bases in the country, but a temporary deployment of warplanes is possible,” reported Russian state news agency TASS.
The move comes at a time when global observers are growing increasingly concerned about the possibility of a newly invigorated Cold War between the two nuclear superpowers.