What is going on in
Clearly, NATO expansion, and now
Some of the signals have fizzed out. The talk of Russian long-range bombers in
But there are other signals, such as these in a Pravda story yesterday, from Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, president of the
“It is an open secret that the West has been establishing a buffer zone around
In the same article, Ivashov discussed the visit of Russian security council official Nikolai Patrushev to
“There are convenient bays for reconnaissance and battleships and a network of so-called forward staging posts in
The Bush Administration, meanwhile, continues to react coolly. Here’s the State Department spokesman in yesterday’s briefing: “We don’t see dealing with the Cuban Government as particularly productive. However, we understand that other countries will have bilateral relations as they seem fit.”
So what does Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin mean when he says, “We need to rebuild position in
One can’t dismiss the military talk lightly. But my guess is that the Russians’ loud talk is designed to make a political point to Washington – and in a year’s time, we will see Russia more involved in Cuba’s economy, based on commercial interests and not a new aid/subsidy relationship.
And my guess is that the military talk will remain just talk.
It’s hard to imagine a cost-benefit equation that would cause