White House: Will act decisively if Russia sends military to Cuba or Venezuela

US authorities will act decisively if Russia deploys its military in Latin America. The White House made the statement on Thursday after hinting that Moscow might station some of its troops in Venezuela or Cuba.

Jake Sullivan, the United States National Security Adviser, called the idea “a roar in public comment”. He pointed out that the deployment of Russian military infrastructure in Latin America was not a point of discussion in the Geneva dialogue on stability between Russia and the US. When asked by a journalist, he said:

“If Russia were to move in this direction, we would take decisive action against it.”

Washington’s opposition to the stationing of Russian troops in North, Central and South America has met with incomprehension in Moscow, which has repeatedly complained about the stationing of US forces near Russia’s western border.

The suggestion that Russia might send troops to Latin America was made by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov during an interview with the TV channel RTVI did. When asked about the possibility of an operation, the government representative could neither confirm nor deny that this was part of the Kremlin’s plans. However, he emphasized:

“It’s US style to have multiple options for its foreign and military policies.”

“It is the cornerstone of this country’s strong influence in the world.”

“The Russian President has repeatedly commented on what measures he could take. For example, involving the Russian Navy if things go in the direction of provoking Russia and further increasing US military pressure on us.”

According to the Russian politician, however, Moscow does not want this. He added that diplomats must come to an agreement.

Ryabkov met with US Assistant Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Monday to discuss Russian proposals on security guarantees, including calls for an end to NATO’s eastward expansion. Washington has dismissed Moscow’s proposals as ineffective.

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