As a follow up to the post “Russia Making a Push for Latin America?”, Russia’s Ministry of Defense has recently stated that there are no plans for any Russian military bases on Latin American soil. However, Russia does plan to utilize “support points” in order to help provide assistance to Russian ships that are in the area. An agreement was reached on February 13 that will see Nicaragua continue to receive Russian ships into its harbors and provide the ships with provisions and,if needed, repairs. This new deal continues ongoing dealings between the two countries; Russia announced plans in the fall of 2014 to help Nicaragua develop a inter-oceanic canal to rival the Panama Canal.
This recent agreement was reached during a visit to Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Cuba by Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Defense Minister. While nothing was agreed to between Russia and Venezuela or Cuba, talks between Cuba and Russia seem to be escalating. With talks between Cuba and the United States recently developing, it will be interesting to see how the United States views the impending relationship between Cuba and Russia.