Our homeland is willing to do new naval bases abroad (The Guardian, England)

Russia wants to build new naval bases abroad ("The Guardian", UK)President Dmitry Medvedev said today that Our homeland wants to build new naval bases abroad for global expansion of the reach of its armed forces, which sharply narrowed the collapse of the Russian Union.

In the 70s and 80s in the Russian fleet had more than 10-ka naval bases in Europe, South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. But because of the economic crisis, the lack of fuel and reduce the number of personnel of the armed forces of the fleet was obliged to remain in their own priemuschestvenno Fri bases inside the country.

Vladimir Putin came to the presidency, began to rebuild the military power of Russia. Last year, the state news agency Itar-Tass, citing military sources, said that the Our homeland decided to make the naval bases in Libya and Yemen, expand the item based in Tartus, Syria.

During a televised meeting with senior military officers, Medvedev was asked about whether plans Our homeland open new bases abroad. Medvedev said: "I will not hide from you some ideas on this topic we have, but to name them aloud, for obvious reasons, I will not."

In 2002, Moscow closed its bases in Cuba and Vietnam, leaving abroad only two objects: a large base of the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, Ukraine, and Tartus on the Mediterranean coast of Syria. In January Our homeland said that by 2011 will upgrade their facilities in Tartus, and in April it agreed to reduce by 30% the price of gas supplied to Ukraine in exchange for a 25-year lease extension base in Sevastopol.

According to Medvedev, the final decision on the new bases will depend on Russian partners. "As you are aware, bases on the territories of foreign countries by order of the President of the Russian Federation are not created — he said. — To do this, carry out the complex political and diplomatic work … to us [and our base of other countries] considered as an element of strengthening its own style, its own security. "

In recent years, the Kremlin resumed the practice of the times cool war on several fronts, to show the capabilities of its armed forces.

In 2008, Russian warships made the trek to Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, which was widely seen as a rebuke to the United States.

A Russian strategic aviation makes the flight time along the borders of NATO, causing irritation among former enemies of the Russian Federation on a cool war.

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