And a Canadian warship arrived in Cuba

The Canadian warship Margaret Brook yesterday sailed into the port of the capital of Cuba, Havana, where two nuclear submarines arrived this week, one Russian and the other American.

It is "the first visit by the Royal Canadian Navy to Havana since 2016," the Canadian Joint Operations Command said. The Margaret Brook ship will remain in Havana until June 17, in what the Royal Canadian Navy says is "recognition of the long-standing bilateral relationship" between the two countries.

On June 12, the Russian nuclear submarine Kazan sailed into Havana, accompanied by the frigate Admiral Gorshkov, as well as an oil tanker and a tugboat.

- None of the ships carry nuclear weapons and they do not pose a threat to the region, the Cuban Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces said earlier.

The arrival of the Russian naval flotilla about 150 kilometers off the coast of Florida comes at a time of heightened tensions between the US and Russia over the war in Ukraine.

The US nuclear submarine Helena has been in Cuba since June 13. It is in Guantanamo Bay, a US naval base on the Island. According to the US Southern Command, the submarine Helena is "on a routine visit".

The United States said it was monitoring the situation in Cuba, but added that the deployment of the Russian ships did not pose a direct threat.

During the Cold War, Cuba was an ally of the Soviet Union. The deployment of Soviet missiles to Cuba in 1962 caused the Caribbean crisis, which almost led to war between the US and the USSR.

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