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Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces – First Deputy of Minister of Defense Army General Valery Gerasimov, at a meeting in Moscow to discuss with colleagues – Chief of the General Staff of the Army of Nicaragua Maj. General Oscar Salvador Mojica Obregon the topical issues of military and military-technical cooperation between the two countries
MOSCOW, February 26 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is planning to expand its permanent military presence outside its borders by placing military bases in a number of foreign countries, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.
Shoigu said the list includes Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, the Seychelles, Singapore and several other countries.
“The talks are under way, and we are close to signing the relevant documents,” Shoigu told reporters in Moscow.
The minister added that the negotiations cover not only military bases but also visits to ports in such countries on favorable conditions as well as the opening of refueling sites for Russian strategic bombers on patrol.
Moscow currently has only one naval base outside the former Soviet Union – in Tartus, Syria, but the fate of this naval facility is uncertain because of the ongoing civil war in that country.
Post-Soviet Russia closed a large naval base in Vietnam and a radar base in Cuba in 2002 due to financial constraints.
However, Russia has started reviving its navy and strategic aviation since mid-2000s, seeing them as a tool to project the Russian image abroad and to protect its national interests around the globe.
Now, Moscow needs to place such military assets in strategically important regions of the world to make them work effectively toward the goal of expanding Russia’s global influence.
MEXICO CITY, November 27 (RIA Novosti) – Nicaragua’s parliament has allowed Russian and US warships and servicemen to operate in its contested territorial waters to conduct anti-drug missions, local daily La Prensa reports.
Nicaraguan lawmakers voted 66-20 Tuesday to approve the proposal to allow Russian and US military units to take part in joint exercises in the maritime zones bordering Colombia in the Caribbean, often used as a direct transit route for drug traffickers, La Prensa said.
Some 124 US and 65 Russian service personnel have been given permission to participate in an anti-drug effort from January to June 2014. Troops from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuela will also participate in the operations, while Nicaraguan troops will travel to Cuba, Russia, Venezuela and the US to gain experience.
Nicaragua’s task in policing its coastal waters has increased since last year, when the International Court of Justice granted Nicaragua control of 30,000 square miles (79,000 square kilometers) of the Caribbean Sea that had previously been considered Colombian territorial waters. Colombia denounced the decision.
Russia and Nicaragua signed an agreement in February 2012 on joint anti-drug trafficking measures. The two countries agreed to share information, conduct joint operations against drug traffickers and establish a drug enforcement training center in the Nicaraguan capital Managua
MOSCOW, November 5 (RIA Novosti) – Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers returned on Tuesday from a tour-of-duty in South America, where they carried out a series of patrols in line with a combat training program.
During the mission, which started on October 28, the nuclear-capable bombers visited Venezuela and Nicaragua, and conducted a series of patrols over the Caribbean.
“The bombers took off from Venezuela’s Maiquetia airfield and flew a distance of about 13,000 kilometers [8,000 miles], refueling from Ilyushin Il-98 air tankers over neutral waters in the Sea of Norway,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The planes landed early on Tuesday at the Engels airbase in southwestern Russia, the ministry said.
Russian strategic bombers conducted a similar mission in 2008. It was followed by a visit to Venezuela by a Russian naval task force that took part in joint exercises with the Venezuelan navy.
The Tu-160 Blackjack is a supersonic, variable-geometry heavy bomber, designed to strike strategic targets with nuclear and conventional weapons deep in continental theaters of operation.
MOSCOW, October 31 (RIA Novosti) – Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers arrived in Nicaragua on Thursday after taking off from an airbase in Venezuela, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The nuclear-capable bombers “flew above the neutral waters of the Caribbean Sea, entered the airspace of Nicaragua and performed a planned landing,” the ministry said.
The aircraft covered over 2,500 km during their three-hour flight from the Maiquetia airfield in Venezuela.
Earlier this week, the two bombers took off from the Engels airbase in the Volga region and covered a distance of more than 10,000 kilometers (over 6,200 miles) during a 13-hour non-stop flight to Venezuela.
The ministry said the current mission was carried out “in line with the program of combat training” and corresponded to all international norms.
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Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bomber
Russian strategic bombers conducted a similar mission in 2008. It was followed by a visit to Venezuela by a Russian naval task force, which took part in joint exercises with the Venezuelan navy.
The Tu-160 Blackjack is a supersonic, variable-geometry heavy bomber, designed to strike strategic targets with nuclear and conventional weapons deep in continental theatres of operation.