Russia not planning to set up military bases in Latin America, needs logistical support centers - Lavrov

There will be no Russian military bases in Latin America, but Moscow is interested in having centers providing technical support to Russian naval ships in the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

There will be no Russian military bases in Latin America, but Moscow is interested in having centers providing technical support to Russian naval ships in the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"There'll be no bases - we don't need them," Lavrov said in a Saturday analytical program hosted by Sergei Brilyov, when asked whether Russia would set up military bases in Latin America.

At the same time, Lavrov said, "our navy should have the opportunity to range the oceans of the world, which implies the existence of material-technical support centers, where they can tank up, have a rest, and undergo some minor repairs."

Lavrov declined to answer where exactly such centers could be set up. "We are not striving for arranging such a center in each country. We'll consider proposals, and where our naval mariners find it optimal to clear the presence of such centers with the host countries, there they will be set up," he said.

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