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BRASILIA, July 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied that Russia had plans to deploy its radar in Lourdes, Cuba.
Putin noted that Russia had no plans to resume the Lourdes signals intelligence facility operation. “Russia is capable of fulfilling the defense capacity tasks without this component (Lourdes),” he said.
Speaking about cooperation in general, Putin supposed that Cuba has a bad aftertaste after an abrupt suspension of cooperation with Russia during the 1990s. “Unfortunately, we left, and our place was occupied by others. For example, Canadian companies are actively working there, European and so on,” Putin stressed. He said Cuba is an interesting place. “We have very good relations and a very good historical foundation. The country has achieved really good results in the social sphere, in education and medicine. Generally, we have joint projects, and we have plans,” the Russian president added.
The signals intelligence (SIGNIT) facility in Lourdes (Havana suburb) had been created by the USSR in Cuba in the 1960s. The station was to monitor the launches of American missiles, as well as perform electronic listening functions. It was also used for maintaining stable communication with the Russian embassies in Latin America.