US to expect Russian naval exercises in Caribbean during summer

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) – Russia will send combat vessels to the Caribbean this summer in part of naval drills that are likely to include port visits in Cuba and possible stops in Venezuela. A senior U.S. Official said on Wednesday.

An official from the U.S. Navy told a small group reporters that the United States did not consider the exercise, which involved a relatively low number of planes and vessels, as being threatening. However, they will monitor it.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, tensions between the United States ad Russia have increased. Officials said that Russian naval activity has increased due to U.S. backing for Ukraine.

The official stated that “this is Russia demonstrating its still capability of some level global power projection.”

The official confirmed that U.S. officials informed relevant members of Congress on Capitol Hill on Thursday about the activities.

As part of Russia’s routine military exercises, this summer we expect Russia to conduct increased naval and air activities near the United States. The official stated that these actions would culminate in an international Russian naval exercise later this year.

The official stated that the deployments were part of normal naval activity. “We are not concerned about Russia’s deployments as they pose no direct threats to the United States.”

We expect that Russia will send temporary combat naval ships to the Caribbean Region. These ships are likely to make port calls in Cuba, and perhaps Venezuela. He said that there could be aircraft or flights deployed in the area.

Officials said that the Biden administration didn’t view the deployment as alarming, since Russia has sent ships to the Western Hemisphere every year from 2013 until 2020.

The official stated that “we should expect to see more of this type of activity in the future, but we do note that these deployments are costly for the Russian Navy which struggles to maintain readiness while conducting deployments using an aged fleet.”

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