Russia won’t rule out sending troops to Cuba, Venezuela as Ukraine tensions grow

Russia won’t rule out sending troops to Cuba, Venezuela as Ukraine tensions grow


A top Russian diplomat declined to rule out the possibility of the Kremlin deploying troops to Cuba and Venezuela amid ongoing tensions with the US over Ukraine.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russia’s RTVI TV Thursday that Moscow’s next steps “all depends on the action by our US counterparts” and noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Moscow could take military-technical measures against what it deems provocation by Washington.

Ryabkov’s warning followed negotiations between Russia and the US in Geneva Monday, which preceded talks between Russian and NATO officials in Vienna Wednesday over Moscow’s demands that the Atlantic alliance halt its expansion and commit to barring Ukraine from ever joining.

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The discussions did little to narrow the gap between

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