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Posted: 9/18/2009 7:32:07 AM EST
Russia to help Cuba modernize weaponry, train military

HAVANA, September 18 (RIA Novosti) - Modernization of the Soviet-made military equipment and training of Cuban military personnel will be the focus of Russian-Cuban military cooperation in the near future, the chief of the Russian General Staff said on Friday.

Gen. Nikolai Makarov arrived on a working visit to Cuba on Monday, met with Cuban President Raul Castro and the country's military leadership, and visited a number of military installations.

"During the Soviet era we delivered a large number of military equipment to Cuba, and after all these years most of this weaponry has become obsolete and needs repairs," Makarov said.

"We inspected the condition of this equipment, and outlined the measures to be taken to maintain the defense capability of this country...I think a lot of work needs to be done in this respect, and I hope we will be able to accomplish this task," the general said.

Makarov said the Cuban request for assistance with training of military personnel will also be fully satisfied.

Although the Cuban leadership has repeatedly said it has no intention of resuming military cooperation with Russia after the surprise closure of the Russian electronic listening post in Lourdes in 2001, bilateral military ties seem to have been improving following the visit of Russian Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin to Cuba in July last year.

A group of Russian warships, led by the Admiral Chabanenko destroyer visited Cuba in December last year during a Caribbean tour.

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:33:14 AM EST
Next thing you know they'll be shipping nukes over there on a boat!
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:34:02 AM EST
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Next thing you know they'll be shipping nukes over there on a boat!

Only this time, it will be our President who blinks, if he bothers to look them in the eye at all.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:34:33 AM EST

Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Next thing you know they'll be shipping nukes over there on a boat!

This seems strangely familiar..............
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:35:36 AM EST
Well, Obama ran in a Kennedy-esque style campaign. Only this time he pussified it.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:36:17 AM EST
Russia is smelling weakness...
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:38:18 AM EST
Great. Maybe 0bama will take the European missile defence shield and install it in Florida.

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:38:32 AM EST
Make no mistake that the quest for global dominance are high stakes. The other side sees this presidency and administration as a weakness. A weakness to exploit.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:40:40 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 7:43:22 AM EST by ArmyInfantryVet]
Asking Russia to modernize weaponry. Hahahaha, now that's funny

I remember hearing about how Khrushchev would joke about how Kennedy was weak and would be able to push him around and he'd do nothing back. My money is on the Russians thinking the same thing about Obama, only he REALLY won't push back and will take it like a bitch.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:45:53 AM EST
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Next thing you know they'll be shipping nukes over there on a boat!

Russia would never try to put nukes on Cuban soil !
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:47:03 AM EST
"Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy." - Joe Biden.

Self-fulfilled prophesy.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:49:06 AM EST
I'm surprised zero hadn't armed and trained Cuba before Russia did.

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:51:51 AM EST
So we'll see some nice plane crashes at Cuban air shows.

Not to worried.
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