Navy chief says Russia wants naval bases abroad

Print version
July 27, 2012, 12:26 p.m. | Russia — by Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Friday, July 20, 2012. From left, Federal Security Service Chief Alexander Bortnikov, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Putin, Upper House Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, Kremlin's Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and Foreign Intelligence Service Chief Mikhail Fradkov.
© AP

Associated Press

Associated Press

MOSCOW — Russia's navy chief says that Moscow is talking to Cuba, Vietnam and the Seychelles about housing Russian navy ships.

Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov said in remarks carried Friday by the state RIA Novosti news agency that Russia is in talks about setting up maintenance and supply facilities for Russian ships in those countries but wouldn't give any further details.

Russia's only existing naval base outside the Soviet Union is located in the Syrian port of Tartus.

Chirkov's statement marked a sharp about-face for Russia, which closed a naval base at Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay and a spy base in Lourdes on Cuba in the early 2000s during President Vladimir Putin's first term. Putin, who was re-elected to a third term in March, has vowed to strengthen the Russian military.

The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively public debate through the Disqus system. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. The Kyiv Post will ban flagrant violators. If you think that a comment or commentator should be banned, please flag the offending material.
comments powered by Disqus


© 1995–2016 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.