Russian deputies suggest Putin put missiles back in Cuba


The Russian State Duma deputies from the Communist Party Valery Rashkin and Sergei Obukhov appealed to the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, with a proposal to renew operations of a signal intelligence center in Lourdes (Cuba) and place Russian missiles there in order to protect the interests of Russia and its allies in the CSTO, according to RIA news agency.

As deputies noted, Reuters had recently reported on Washnigton’s intentions to place HIMARS missile launchers in the southeast Turkey this May, RIA Novosti wrote.

“It is worth noting that the performance characteristics of said weapons, according to available data allow, among other things, the use of missiles with a range of up to 500 km. Thus, it is a potential threat to Russian allies in the CSTO (primarily Armenia),” the appeal reads.

According to Russian deputies, in order to protect the interests of Russia and CSTO allies, it is necessary to take comparable measures in response to the “U.S. offensive action.”

“First of all, we are talking about the deployment of Russian launchers with a similar, or even greater, range in Cuba. Also, even more appropriate would be an asymmetrical response to Washington by restoring a Lourdes SIGINT Station,” the deputies wrote.

Such a decision may be taken in the framework of the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between the Soviet Union and Cuba, which has remained in force ever since its signing, according to the appeal.

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