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According to Russia’s defense minister, Nikolai Pankov, who stood before the Russian parliament on Friday, the closings of two Russian military bases more than a decade ago are going to be reviewed. While other details were lacking, the bases in question were revealed to be the Lourdes signals intelligence base in Cuba and the deepwater Cam Rahn naval base in Vietnam, both of which ceased operation in the early 2000s after serving as strategic Soviet holdings during the Cold War. This news was revealed on the same day that the Russian parliament voted to approve an “indefinite” deployment of forces in Syria at the Hmeimim airbase.

This news further evidences the desire of Russia under Putin to regain some of its Soviet Era prestige. If Russia does decide to reopen its bases, it will be interesting to see how it affects US-Russian relations, as I’m sure the US isn’t going to be overly happy with a newly confrontational Russia opening a military base as close to home as Cuba.