Putin Denies Reactivation of the Cuban Radar Station

Vladimir Putin said that Russia will not reactivate the radar reconnaisance station in Cuba.

Last week Russian newspaper Kommersant reported the news (that has been circulating for at least a couple of years) that there were plans to reopen Russia’s eavesdropping station in Cuba, which has not been used since 2001.

However, reports about the reactivation of the facility were denied by Putin who spoke to ITAR-TASS news agency and said that “In agreement with our friends, this center was closed, and we have no plans to resume its work,” as Russia would “meet its defense needs without this component.”

The base was used from 1967 until 2001.  During the last decade of the 20th century, significant staff reductions took place.

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