Saturday, July 26, 2008

Russia Considering a Fueling Station in Cuba for their Nuclear Bombers?

The anonymous person running this blog knows his stuff about Russia. I have been reading it for several months and it is very impressive.

The conflicting messages emanating from Moscow with respect to the Kremlin's alleged plans to forward deploy strategic bombers to Cuba, Venezuela, and Algeria in response to US National Missile Defense plans in Central Europe continued yesterday with a second article published in the Russian daily Izvestia. Citing sources in the Russian Defense Ministry, which officially denies such reports, Izvestia revealed that crews of Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95MS Bear bombers have already visited Cuba to inspect the site and facilities of a possible forward landing airfield that could be employed as a refueling stopover.

Another Russian publication, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, refuted such revelations by insisting that the Kremlin is engaging in "saber-rattling in empty air." State-run Novosti reports that "At present the Russian military is considering the possibility of establishing so-called 'jump-up' bases in various regions of the world to provide refueling and maintenance support for the patrolling bombers." Nezavisimaya Gazeta contends, however, that "The Russian defense budget simply does not have sufficient resources to ensure the implementation of these plans."

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