Putin wants to scare the US by threatening to set up a military base in Cuba

VLADIMIR Putin wants to scare the US with threats to establish a military base in Cuba but he will not put nuclear weapons on America’s doorstep, an expert says.

Russian hawkish Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has threatened to deploy forces in Latin America if security talks with the West fail to meet Moscow’s demands.

Putin wants to scare the US with his'bullying boy' threats to set up a military base in Cuba

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Putin wants to scare the US with his ‘bullying boy’ threats to set up a military base in Cuba
Threatening to deploy military infrastructure in Cuba is Putin's attempt to poke Americans in the eye, expert Taras Kuzio tells The Sun

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Threatening to deploy military infrastructure in Cuba is Putin’s attempt to poke Americans in the eye, expert Taras Kuzio tells The SunCredit: Getty

Speaking about the possible military deployment, the politician told state media outlet RTVI: “It depends on the steps of our American partners.”

The threat comes after Russia failed to convince the West to block Ukraine from joining NATO and set back decades of European expansion.

Moscow considers the outcome of the East-West talks “disappointing” as tensions between the US and Russia over the Ukraine crisis continue to simmer.

Taras Kuzio, a researcher at the Henry Jackson Society and an expert on Ukrainian politics, told The Sun: “Threatening to deploy military infrastructure in Cuba is just a childish attempt by Putin to poke fun. in the eyes of Americans.

“Moscow’s way of doing things is very immature and they are standing still because they are not getting what they want. They give an ultimatum and all it does is lead to the unification of the West.

“Putin is just angry because the talks are going nowhere. That’s his way of saying ‘I’ll show you’.

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“He carries a lot of anger with him about the way he thinks the West has treated Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, and that anger continues to flare up.”

Ryabkov said he could neither “confirm nor rule out” the possibility of Russia sending military assets to Latin America if the US did not reduce its “activity” on Moscow’s doorstep.

Kuzio doesn’t see the “bullying boy hoax” as a “big deal” but warns the situation could escalate if Moscow places nuclear weapons in America’s backyard.

“I mean if we go back to 1962 when Russia put nuclear weapons in Cuba it was a big deal but I don’t think Moscow would be that stupid,” he said.

The crisis of 1962 was the closest the world had to a nuclear war.

The expert doubts that missile systems and military bases could be put on the Caribbean island if Russia fulfills its threat.

He added: “I don’t think this will be a major surgery because it will be very expensive. Cuba is too far from Russia.

“They can supply Cuba with some high-tech Russian equipment. And if those missiles can hit American territory, it will lead to a lot of angry American politicians.”

‘OPERATION COST’

Tensions between the US and Russia do not seem to be de-escalating when Diplomats gravely warn that Europe This is the closest armed conflict it has ever had in the past 30 years.

NATO rejected Russia’s request for guarantees that Ukraine would never join the alliance.

Diplomats also rejected calls to withdraw forces from Eastern European nations that joined the alliance after the Cold War.

“The United States and our NATO allies have made it clear together that we will not shut down NATO’s open door policy,” said US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.

She argued that Moscow’s demands were “non-starter”.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz claimed that the Biden administration is “facilitating Putin’s aggression”.

“We are facing a crisis in Europe’s security,” said Michael Carpenter, US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

‘WE ARE BEING A CRAZY CRISIS’

And, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau warned: “It seems that the danger of war in the OSCE region is now greater than at any time in the past 30 years.

“For several weeks, we were faced with the prospect of a major military escalation in Eastern Europe.”

And Ben Wallace, Britain’s defense secretary, warned that the West “must prepare for the worst”.

He vowed that Britain would “stand up to the bullies” as fears of a Russian invasion continued to grow.

No invasion of Moscow seemed imminent as it persisted despite the war.

Russia concentrated about 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border, put the S-550 anti-missile satellite into service and launched the Angara A-5 – the largest missile since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Geopolitics expert Brandon J Weichert previously told The Sun: “Putin wins points at home if he beats his chest against the West.

“But I think if we’re not careful, Putin will strike and he will strike.

“Washington is getting this completely wrong when diplomats and officials say it’s a hoax.”

Weichert also claimed that Moscow was “conspiring” to launch a Pearl Harbor-style attack against the US.

He warned that Washington is behind both Moscow and Beijing in the so-called space race because both nations have weaponized galaxies.

In his book, Space Victory: How America Remains a SuperpowerWeichert says that Russian co-orbital satellites, known as space trackers, have been tracking American satellites for years.

He predicted that the trackers would eventually bump into the satellites, sending them crashing to the ground.

He claimed officials in Moscow were plotting such an attack at a time of their choosing.

Russia's recent wars have been linked to troop deployments on the Ukrainian border and missile launches

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Russia’s recent wars have involved troop deployments on the Ukrainian border and missile launchesCredit: AP
Diplomats in Europe warn that Europe is the closest to an armed conflict in the past 30 years

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Diplomats in Europe warn that Europe is the closest to an armed conflict in the past 30 yearsCredit: AP
Fears of a conflict in Eastern Europe are growing as tensions between the US and Russia continue to simmer. In the photo: Russian troops take part in drills in the Rostov . region

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Fears of a conflict in Eastern Europe are growing as tensions between the US and Russia continue to simmer. In the photo: Russian troops take part in drills in the Rostov . regionCredit: AP
The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 was the closest the world had to a nuclear war

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The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 was the closest the world had to a nuclear warCredit: Getty

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