Plans for a Russian naval base on the east coast of Sudan have been under consideration by Moscow since 2017, but their implementation has been postponed due to a Western-supported coup in the African country in April 2019. According to The Military Watch Magazine experts, Russia may plan a more active naval presence abroad by opening additional bases in other strategically important regions of the world.
At the end of 2017, Viktor Bondarev, head of the Defense and Security Committee under the Federation Council, proposed considering rebuilding bases in Cuba and Vietnam, calling Havana and Hanoi Moscow's "historical partners" on the grounds that both countries had Soviet military installations during the cold war.
Judging by the recently published plans, the Russian facilities in Sudan will house 300 military and civilians and four ships, including nuclear-powered ships. And bases in Vietnam and Cuba would allow Russia to expand its militarypolitical influence in strategically important regions. As the Russian Federation is gradually shifting the balance of its armed forces to East Asia, Vietnam, for historical, political and geographical reasons, may become an ideal base location.
I believe that in the conditions of increasing tension in the world and open interference in the internal affairs of other countries - Russia's historical partners, our return to Latin America is not excluded. Of course, this must be coordinated with the Cubans ... We must also think about returning our fleet to Vietnam with the permission of the Vietnamese government
- noted Bondarev.
According to the American publication, against the background of frequent friction with NATO and in the light of the strengthening of the role of Russia both in the Asia-Pacific region and in South America, the Kremlin is unlikely to limit itself to its military presence in Sudan - plans to create bases in Cuba and Vietnam may well be realized with the deployment of hypersonic missiles and other weapons there, especially if the upcoming US administration again takes a course of "pivoting towards Asia."