Russia Hints at Reopening Military Bases in Cuba, Vietnam

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Oct 7, 2016, 4:52 pm
The Russian government reportedly wants to set up military presence in Nicaragua and Venezuela as well. (Sputnik News)

EspañolRussia’s Deputy Defense Viceminister, Nikolái Pankov, revealed on Friday, October 7, that the Putin administration is considering reopening military bases in remote places such as Cuba and Vietnam.

Pankov gave the announcement of the Russian military’s plans to return to Cuba and Vietnam during a hearing in Congress. “We are working on this,” he told a Duma legislator who questioned him on the matter.

A Russian congressman from the ruling party commented in support of the idea: “If [Western nations] don’t want to use diplomatic means with us, we will fight this threat to peace,” he said regarding the possibility of Russian troops returning to foreign bases to fight ISIS, “a neofascist organization,” and “all its enablers.”

Questioned by Russian reporters, Kremlin’s press secretary refused to elaborate on Pankov’s statement.

Russia operated a military base in Cuba’s Lourdes, close to the capital Havana, between 1967 and 2001. At one point it became the largest intelligence hub for electronic communications outside Russian soil.

Russian media has been speculating about a return to Cuba since July 2014 based on Kremlin sources. However, President Vladimir Putin himself denied the rumors that year.

In October, Defense Minister Serguéi Shoigú announced that Russia would seek to restore military presence in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, and suggested a network of Russian military bases including Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Seychelles, and Singapur.

Source: 14ymedio, TASS.

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Mexican Gas Stations Want Price Control Lifted across the Country

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Oct 7, 2016, 1:42 pm
Representatives of the oil sector estimate liberalizing oil prices will create greater competition and investments in the energy market. (Alto Nivel)

EspañolGas sector officials have asked that gas prices be opened up throughout the Mexico starting in 2017. Legislators requested that gas prices not be freed region by region, but rather cross-country. The companies reportedly believe this could create distortions in the market, as well as pricing uncertainty. Director of the National Organization of Retailers of Petroleum (Onexpo) José Carlos Femat Romero said he supports the Mexican Parliament's initiative to gradually liberate fuel prices so as to encourage competition and investment in the energy market. Read more: National Geographic Photographer Found Strangled in Mexico Read more: Mexico Says It's Preparing in Case Trump Makes it to the White House However, he also noted that this will bring challenges to regions where there is more competition, as   they have to figure out how to determined in which areas there will be free prices, as well as the cap of those prices. The representative of the 11,500 service stations in Onexpo reportedly said they think price liberalization "should ideally be implemented throughout the country, i.e. a liberalization not limited to regions." Romero warned that if this process takes place only gradually in some regions, it would complicate contractual and commercial decisions that affect operations at service stations. Due to these factors, Onexpo representatives asked lawmakers in the country's finance committee to ensure that regulation is legal before moving to the new model. Source: Aristegui Noticias

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