Russia denies plans for new navy bases abroad
Russia’s Defence Ministry has denied reports Moscow its planning to set up its first new overseas navy bases since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, BBC reported.
Earlier, a news agency quoted Russia’s navy chief as saying that Cuba, Vietnam and the Seychelles were being considered as possible sites.
But the ministry said that Vice Adm Viktor Chirkov had never made the alleged remarks.
A lack of money after 1991 led to the closure of most Russian bases abroad.
It closed a base in Vietnam in 2002, and currently has bases only in Ukraine and Syria. President Vladimir Putin has pledged to restore Russia’s military might.
In recent years, Moscow has expanded its navy’s operations overseas, including by taking part in international anti-piracy operations near Somalia.
“It’s true that we are continuing work on providing the navy with bases outside the Russian Federation,” the RIA-Novosti news agency quoted Vice Adm Chirkov as saying in an interview.
According to the agency, he added that Moscow was “working out the issue of creating sites for material and technical support on the territory of Cuba, the Seychelles and Vietnam”.