COLD WAR II

The Russian Power Play

Is this how Russia’s planning to “reset” relations with the United States? A Russian air force general said today his country could base some of its strategic bombers in Cuba or an island off the coast of Venezuela—a direct shot across the bow of the Obama administration. Although a Kremlin official said the general had been speaking only hypothetically, the talk of placing bombers so close to US shores is a setback to US-Russian relations, which had been strained over Russia’s war with Georgia and US plans to locate missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic.