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Sunday, March 11, 2018

“Russian intelligence” in Nicaragua alarmed the Pentagon

“Moscow is building intelligence facility in Nicaragua, and representatives of the U.S. military community that is extremely concerned, according to us media. However, there are serious reasons to doubt the truth of such allegations. Especially in military-technical cooperation of Russia and Nicaragua no special secrets.

The United States suspected Russia in a new effort to conduct electronic reconnaissance in the Western hemisphere. American newspaper the Washington Free Beacon published an article, “Moscow builds intelligence facility in Nicaragua”. Moscow is trying to strengthen its military and intelligence presence in the Western hemisphere, sure Americans.

“The United States woke up and try once again to seize Latin America, which, they think, is too far away from them”

A military source close to the situation in Latin American countries, military events, the publication said that the strengthening of the intelligence activities of Russia is part of the deal Moscow for the sale Nicaragua 50 Russian tanks T-72. While the tanks cost about $ 80 million, which is 9 million more than the entire military budget for Nicaragua for the year 2015, says us the resource.

The deal to sell new tanks and the opening of the intelligence database have caused great concern among the American military in the Pentagon, the newspaper writes. Moreover, concerns about the leftist leader of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, there are other Latin American countries in the region.

The Russian foreign Ministry did not pay attention to this information, saying only that “it is difficult to comment on the unscientific fantasy”. “Russia is really developing cooperation in the sphere of GLONASS with a number of countries in Latin America, based on a completely open and transparent agreements,” – said a source in the Ministry to the Agency “Interfax”.

GLONASS in Nicaragua

Apparently, a ground for reflection of the American analysts gave the information that Russia intends to establish in Nicaragua a mobile digital topographic center. In its composition he will have complexes of satellite navigation equipment GLONASS stations that will allow the army of Nicaragua store, analyze, and use appropriate amounts of information.

The American edition says: June 14 three employees of the Department of homeland security was arrested by the authorities of Nicaragua, and taken to the local airport. Later the official representative of US state Department said that these actions did not correlate with positive and constructive relations of America and Nicaragua, and it will have a negative effect on bilateral relations, including trade.

The author emphasizes that all of this suggests that Obama’s efforts to restore relations with Cuba did not succeed in strengthening US relations with leftist governments in Latin America. The President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega is in a relationship with the Communist government in Cuba, personally with the Castro brothers and with the authorities in Venezuela. “It’s a pity that Barack Obama is not interested in the developments in Nicaragua. See, he is not interested in countries where there are only two things – drugs and dictators” – ironically writes the resource.

The speaker of the southern command of the U.S. army David Olsen stated that “the United States in the course of the activities of Russia in the American hemisphere.” “The nature of Russia’s involvement in the hemisphere is not new and is similar to their relations with other countries,” he added.

The publication notes that there is no information regarding the location and the completion of the intelligence center in Nicaragua. It is reported that the place can be disguised as a navigation satellite tracking station of the Russian GLONASS system, the construction of which is already coming to an end.

Agreement on the construction of GLONASS stations was signed between Russia and Nicaragua in August last year, bring it to the North of the capital Managua, or, according to others, on the Caribbean coast.

Strengthening of Russia in Latin America

Recall that the Russian topographic object in Nicaragua was opened by defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on 23 February 2015. Apparently, the American media was referring to this center. “We hope that the center will contribute to enhancing the combat capabilities of formations and units of the army of Nicaragua, will benefit the Nicaraguan people,” – said Sergey Shoigu at the opening ceremony.

In addition, Sergei Shoigu signed an agreement on the simplified procedure of entry of Russian warships in the ports of Nicaragua. In the signed military agreement there is a clause that provides for notification of the nature of the call of the Russian ships.

Chief of the army of Nicaragua, army General Julio Aviles, said that the Centre meets the most modern requirements. “Provided by the Russian Federation military-technical assistance helping to fulfill our main task – to ensure the safety and sovereignty of the country. We would like to Express my gratitude for that strong, clear support that you have shown us,” said Aviles.

Along with this, the commander of Nicaragua noted that Russia’s support is not only military assistance: “Thanks to the support of our country he managed to equip rescue units of the army of Nicaragua with modern equipment, complete humanitarian demining, fully re-equip the engineering units and military hospitals to assist the population,” the military said.

Then the Russian defense Minister visited Venezuela and Cuba, where he peed agreement on military-technical cooperation. Military analysts and experts emphasized that with the strengthening of Russia’s military presence in Latin America and the supply of modern air defense systems, aircraft systems, artillery and tanks, the balance of forces continues to change — and is clearly not in favor of the United States.

“The US is creating the environment around Russia”

Will not be superfluous to recall that relations between Russia and Nicaragua are developing dynamically after returning to power in 2006, President Ortega. Managua began to focus on Moscow and consistently support the Russian authorities, including on the issue of changing borders in the post-Soviet space.

So, in 2008, Nicaragua became the first country to follow Russia in recognizing the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. “Russia had no other way but to provide them with military and political support in the face of continued threats of Georgia”, – said the President of Nicaragua.

He accused NATO countries that they “are a threat to world peace” and “spend huge amounts of money not only on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also to create around Russia a military environment.” Already in 2014 the goal of the Nicaraguan Ambassador to Russia Luis Cuadra said that his country “unconditionally” recognize the occurrence of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia as full subjects.

“We can expect other stuffing”

The Deputy Director of the Institute of Latin American Academy of Sciences Boris Martynov declined to release, that the promulgated information does not relate to reality, and appeared as speculation. “Maybe we have something there and are building… But how to interpret it?”, – Martynov said the newspaper VIEW.

Martynov recalled the Soviet intelligence center at Lourdes in Cuba, from which Russia refused in 2000 and more in Latin America, we have nothing”. In addition, he said, now comes the “information reel” on Russia. “The United States woke up and try once again to seize Latin America, which, they think, is too far away from them. In this context, is not surprising. We can expect other stuffing…” – says Martynov.

As for the development of bilateral relations between Russia and Nicaragua, the expert called them positive. Now in Nicaragua, the joint center for training anti-drug units. “It’s no secret that from Latin America to Russia began to arrive more and more cocaine. Little Afghan heroin still came from all these “pleasures”. This is urgent,” he stressed.

In turn, military analyst, Chairman of the Union of Geopolitics, Konstantin Sivkov recognizes that Russia is interested to have full and detailed information about the region. “But Russia has limited funds. Therefore, to gather information in area that are actually friendly to us, there is no reason. We need to place these centers closer to Europe, United States, that is, to a potential enemy,” – said the newspaper VIEW Sivkov. The expert believes that Russia created the object GLONASS in Nicaragua is unlikely to be relevant to intelligence gathering.

“We need not just to collect, intercept information, and determining its location, pelengovat. So, for example, in one of the tower nothing can be done. Must be a whole antenna network field. And within one tower to place the system, which is able to filter out unnecessary information – it is also virtually impossible. Any little bit of intelligence center is a pretty serious large-scale facility, comprising several buildings, where are located computer system and antenna fields”, – said Sivkov.

He expressed confidence that the emergence of such information is intended to try to disrupt the deployment in Nicaragua Russian towers satellite navigation. According to him, the lack of such a facility makes it difficult to restore certain types of Russian missiles for the application of the hypothetical shock, such as the United States.

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