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Russian warships to visit Cuba

December 15, 2008

he Russian navy says its warships will visit Cuba for the first time since the Soviet era.

The navy says a squadron that has been on a lengthy visit to Latin America will put in at Havana on Friday for a five-day stay.

Navy spokesman Capt. Igor Dygalo says it will be the first visit by Russian warships to the Communist-led island just 90 miles (145 kilometers) from the United States since the 1991 Soviet collapse.

The nuclear-powered cruiser Peter the Great and the destroyer Admiral Chabanenko arrived in the Caribbean last month in a deployment also unprecedented since Soviet times. The voyage is widely seen as a response to the United States’ use of warships to deliver aid to Russia’s neighbor Georgia after their war in August.

Associated Press

In this photo released by Venezuelan Information Ministry on ...
Above: Russia’s “Peter the Great”

This is a July 2004 file photo of the Admiral Chabanenko, Russian ... 
This is a July 2004 file photo of the Admiral Chabanenko, Russian anti-submarine destroyer, seen in the Barents Sea, Russia. The Admiral Chabanenko sailed through the Panama Canal — the first Russian ship to do so since World War II.  The Russian Navy is on a symbolic projection of Moscow’s power in a traditional U.S. zone of influence.
(AP Photo/File)