Publicado el 07-30-2012
A Russian Navy Base
Last Friday, July 27th, two international news agencies commented that Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov had said during an interview with the RIA Novosti news agency that Russia was in conversations with Cuba, Vietnam and the island nation of Seycheless as possible sites for navy bases to serve Russian vessels.
Right now Russia has only one navy base outside its territory in the port of Tarsus in Syria. During the first presidency of Vladimir Putin, and mainly because of financial reasons, Russia closed its navy base in Vietnam and its spy base in Lourdes, Cuba.
However, later on the same day, Friday, July 27th, BBC News published that Russia’s Defense Ministry, in a statement posted on its website, denied the previous information because “issues concerning international relations are not part of the responsibilities of the commander-in-chief of the navy”. The statement added that everything was a “fantasy of their author, who preferred to prioritize sensationalism above competency and professional ethics.”
During his last electoral campaign, Vladimir Putin had pledged to restore Russia’s military might, and that is why the purported statements by Vice Admiral Chirkov did not seem out of place. But the rapid denial issued by the Defense Ministry brings up doubts about Russia’s true intentions. This is a suspicious denial, to say the least.
Those who in the Western world are concerned by the fate of freedom should follow closely these statements in terms of the security of the free world, remembering events of the past that were identified as “The 1962 Missile Crisis.” This was something very serious that put the free world at the brink of a war with the Soviet Union.
Let us hope that Vladimir Putin be prudent in the use of the present Russian military might without putting it to the test in a threatening stand against the free world.
The normal thing, whatever the present circumstances might be, is that Vladimir Putin does not embark into an adventure that might compromise the fate of world peace, something which would be extremely serious and dangerous.