The remarks come after Putin agreed to extend navy cooperation with Nicaragua, Cuba, and Venezuela
Russian troopers might be despatched to Nicaragua below legal guidelines already in place within the Central American nation, Moscow’s ambassador in Managua has argued amid a brand new standoff with Washington over the prospect of the Kremlin stepping up its navy presence within the area.
Talking to RIA Novosti on Friday, Alexander Khokholikov, who additionally serves because the envoy to Honduras and El Salvador, commented on the potential of internet hosting abroad forces inside Nicaragua’s borders.
“The federal government passes a regulation yearly on the international navy presence in Nicaraguan territory,” he defined. “It offers for the potential of the transit and presence of servicemen, in addition to navy gear from a lot of international locations, together with Russia and, by the way, the US, for the alternate of expertise within the discipline of navy cooperation, joint workout routines, and actions within the struggle in opposition to drug trafficking and arranged crime.”
In response to the diplomat, navy cooperation between Moscow and Managua “is just not directed in opposition to third international locations,” regardless of a worsening row with the US over the potential deployments.
Khokholikov added that “whatever the present political scenario on the earth and the opportunistic outbursts of stress by the West in relations with Moscow, a rise in Russian-Nicaraguan cooperation in commerce, financial, cultural, and humanitarian spheres, in addition to within the navy discipline is envisaged.”
His remarks come after Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed final month to strengthen partnerships with the leaders of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua in a variety of spheres, together with stepping up navy cooperation.
Earlier that month, Moscow’s Deputy Overseas Minister Sergey Ryabkov refused to rule out sending troops to Latin America, saying solely that “it’s the American fashion to have a number of choices for its international and navy coverage.”
“The president of Russia has spoken a number of instances with reference to what the measures might be, for instance involving the Russian Navy, if issues are set on the course of scary Russia, and additional growing the navy stress on us by the US,” he added.
Washington, nonetheless, hit out on the suggestion that Moscow’s troops might be stationed in Venezuela and Cuba, which is barely 100 miles off the US coast. In mid-January, United States Nationwide Safety Advisor Jake Sullivan warned that “If Russia have been to maneuver in that course, we might cope with it decisively.”
Tensions between the US and Russia have been strained in current months, with Western leaders sounding the alarm that Moscow’s armed forces are gearing as much as invade Ukraine. The Kremlin, nonetheless, has repeatedly acknowledged that it has no intention of attacking its neighbor, and has as a substitute appeared to achieve written ensures ruling out NATO enlargement nearer to the nation’s borders – a request which has since been turned down.