Russia seeks to set up naval bases abroad
Naval chief confirms talks with Cuba, Vietnam and the Seychelles about setting up overseas facilities for Russian ships
guardian.co.uk, Friday 27 July 2012 06.27 EDT http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/ju ... ase-abroad
Russian ship en route to the Syrian port of Tartus, Russia's only naval base outside the former Soviet Union. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
Russia is talking to Cuba, Vietnam and the Seychelles about housing Russian navy ships, its naval chief has said.
Vice-admiral Viktor Chirkov told the RIA Novosti state news agency Russia was in talks with the three countries about setting up maintenance and supply facilities but would not give further details.
Russia's only existing naval base outside the former Soviet Union is located in the Syrian port of Tartus. A squadron of Russian navy ships, including several assault ships carrying marines, is heading to Tartus in a show of support for a longtime ally that Moscow has protected from international sanctions and continues to supply with weapons.