Russian Warships, Including Nuclear Sub, Arrive in Cuba Near Florida Coast

Russian Warships, Including Nuclear Sub, Arrive in Cuba Near Florida Coast
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Four Russ­ian war­ships, includ­ing a nuclear-pow­ered sub­ma­rine, arrived in Havana, Cuba on Wednes­day, spark­ing secu­ri­ty con­cerns as they sit just 200 miles off the coast of Florida.

The flotil­la com­pris­es a frigate, the Kazan sub­ma­rine (known to car­ry Zir­con hyper­son­ic mis­siles), an oil tanker, and a res­cue tug. While it’s unclear if the sub­ma­rine is armed, its pres­ence has caused unease.

Images cap­tured the arrival, with Cuban onlook­ers lin­ing the streets, some even draped in Russ­ian flags. The U.S. is mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion close­ly, with Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Advi­sor Jake Sul­li­van assur­ing there’s no evi­dence of mis­sile transfers.

Ana­lysts believe this deploy­ment is a mes­sage from Moscow in response to U.S. mil­i­tary aid to Ukraine. The pres­ence of these war­ships, par­tic­u­lar­ly the nuclear sub­ma­rine, so close to Flori­da has height­ened nation­al secu­ri­ty anxieties. 

The Biden admin­is­tra­tion faces the chal­lenge of address­ing this act of appar­ent Russ­ian pow­er projection.

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