MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti) - The deployment of Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers in Cuba to counter U.S. missile defense plans in Europe would be a destructive move, a Russian military expert said Thursday.
Russian daily Izvestia on Monday cited a senior Russian military source as saying that Russian strategic bombers could be stationed again in Cuba, just 145 km (90 miles) from the U.S. coast, as a response to the U.S. missile shield in Europe.
"I believe that stationing Russian bombers in Cuba would be a destructive step because the advantage of these bombers is that they may launch missiles from outside the effective range of an enemy's air defenses," said Col. Gen. Viktor Yesin, former chief of staff of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces, now vice president of the Academy of Security, Defense and Law Enforcement Studies.
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