Russian warships headed to Cuba for military exercises

by ian

Officials from Cuba announced this week that they would be hosting Russian warships for planned joint exercises.

According to the Cuban foreign ministry, the joint military exercises are scheduled between June 12 and 17. The ministry said in a statement that none of the vessels will be carrying nuclear weapons and that it “does not represent a threat to the region.”

Washington officials told reporters that although they were not informed of the drills, they are aware of the Russian vessels and have been tracking their movements. They described the presence of Russian naval vessels in the Americas as notable but not concerning.

The Russian ships are expected to stay in the region following their drills with Cuba, reportedly planning to make a port call in Venezuela. US officials believe the exercises are part of an effort by Russia to retaliate against the US support of Ukraine.