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Russia Strives to Cover Its Bases

MIN READOct 11, 2016 | 02:21 GMT

Russia has been talking a lot lately about basing rights around the globe and is reportedly considering restoring Soviet-era bases in Egypt, Vietnam and Cuba. All basing arrangements are not created equal.

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Moscow is looking to extend its global military reach. Citing Defense and Foreign Ministry officials, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported Monday that Cairo and Moscow are negotiating a deal that would grant Russia access to military facilities in Egypt and refurbish a former Soviet air base in the Mediterranean town of Sidi Barrani. In fact, Russia has been talking a lot lately about basing rights in strategic spots around the globe, from Egypt to Vietnam to Cuba to Iran. The intent behind these explorations is fairly straightforward: When locked in a multi-theater confrontation with the United States, what better way for the Russian bear to trample the U.S. security umbrella than with a growing military footprint?...

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