[Ed. – To clarify: this post never actually closed, as an electronic spying operation. Russia and Cuba appear to feel confident in announcing to the world that they’re going to beef it back up again. This could mean a Russian special operations brigade will return, as in Cold War days.]
Russia has agreed to reopen a major Cold War listening post on Cuba that was used to spy on America, it was reported today.
Moscow-based daily Kommersant claimed Russia and Cuba have struck a deal ‘in principle’ after President Vladimir Putin visited the island last week.
Citing several sources within Russian authorities, the respected daily wrote: ‘The agreements were finalised while President Vladimir Putin visited Havana last Friday.
The signals intelligence facility near Havana at Torrens, also known as Lourdes, was the largest Russian SIGINT site abroad, but has been mothballed since 2001.
It covered a 28 square-mile area with 1,000-1,500 Russian engineers, technicians, and military personnel working at the base. …
It was used to listen in to radio signals including those from submarines and ships and satellite communications.
‘All I can say is – finally!’ one Russian source told Kommersant of the reported reopening.
The defence ministry and military high command declined to comment on the report to Kommersant.
Ahead of Putin’s visit to Cuba last week as part of a Latin American tour, Russia agreed to write off 90 per cent of Cuba’s debt dating back to the Soviet era, totalling around $32 billion.