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Cold War redux: Russia may reopen a Soviet-era spy base in Cuba

18
Jul
2014

Russia has agreed to reopen a spy base in Cuba that provided critical intelligence on the US during the Cold War, according to reports published this week. On Wednesday, Russian business newspaper Kommersant reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Cuban counterpart, Raúl Castro, have agreed to reopen the Lourdes surveillance post, located about 150 miles from Florida. Putin denied the report, telling Russian journalists that the country can meet its defense needs without this component, though Reuters later corroborated Kommersant, citing a Russian security source. The Lourdes base was closed in 2001, ostensibly as a cost-cutting measure.

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