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Russia eyes new bases to project global power

26th May 2020 - 13:00 GMT | by Eugene Gerden in St Petersburg


Recent statements from senior military commanders, as well as insight gleaned by Shephard from military analysts, indicate that Russia is intent on expanding and reinforcing its network of overseas bases.

As part of these plans, the Russian MoD may consider reactivating bases dating from the Soviet era. Such a possibility was raised recently by Nikolay Pankov, the deputy defence minister, who referred directly to the Cam Ranh naval base in Vietnam, as well as the Lourdes SIGINT base in Cuba.

Russian personnel withdrew from both facilities in 2002, but two Udaloy-class destroyers (Admiral Tributs  and Admiral Vinogradov) and

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Eugene Gerden


Eugene Gerden

Eugene Gerden is a Shephard correspondent based in St Petersburg.

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