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Russia Cold War return: Vladimir Putin plotting Soviet-era military bases 90 miles from US

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There is a possibility that Russian President Vladimir Putin is going to build military bases in Cuba and Vietnam. 

Vladimir Putin’s resurgent superpower unveiled the scheme today amid fears the US and Russia could be on the brink of sparking World War 3.

Relations between the two nations are poor as the Kremlin announced nuclear-capable bombers will patrol near US airspace and the White House’s air force bases in Guam.

Cuba and Vietnam were both intense flash points which brought the world seconds from armageddon during the Cold War.

The Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the hottest moments during the decades long Cold War between the US and Soviet Union.

Russians planned to station nukes on the island nation just 90 miles from Florida sparking a tense stand-off between the two superpowers in 1962.

The Soviet Union also supported North Vietnam and the Viet Cong in the bloody Vietnam War against US forces.

Russia shut down the two bases in 2002 as they scaled back their military presence across the world.

But Moscow unveiled plans to reopen the two bases at a meeting of their parliament today.

Deputy defence minister Nikolai Pankov confirmed the ministry were “rethinking” the bases’ closures and said “we are engaged in this work”.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “The global situation is not static, it is in flux, and the last two years have made significant changes to international affairs and security.

“Therefore, it’s quite natural that all countries assess these changes in line with their national interests and take certain steps in the way they consider appropriate.”

Putin’s government warned this week their people need to be “ready” for war and they undertook as Russia hosted massive 40 million-person defence drill.

Russia have also suspended a nuclear disarmament deal with the US as tensions look set to build over.

The US and Russia cut communication over increasingly violent confrontations in Syria.

Pentagon chiefs warned Russia could launch a nuclear attack of “terrible” scale on a NATO nation unless the alliance ramps up its missile defence.


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