Russia would cross “a red line for the United States of America” if it were to base nuclear capable bombers in Cuba, a top US air force officer warned on Tuesday.
“If they did I think we should stand strong and indicate that is something that crosses a threshold, crosses a red line for the United States of America,” said General Norton Schwartz, nominated to be the air force’s chief of staff.
He was referring to a Russian news report that said the military is thinking of flying long-range bombers to Cuba on a regular basis.
It was unclear from the report whether that would involve permanent basing of nuclear bombers in Cuba, or just use of the island as a refueling stop.
Cuba is a non-starter for Russian-American relations and violates the mutual agreement reached after the Cuban Missile crisis. They lost the “COLD WAR” and with renewed financial vigor based on their oil they wish to SABER RATTLE.
More importantly Russia has been supplying Iran with S-300 aircraft missile defense systems and fissonable material for their nuclear reactors. Socialist dictator Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has been weapon shopping in Russia recently.
Russia should NO LONGER be treated as a friend but an adversary – a NEW COLD WAR?
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