Bloomberg.com wrote:March 14 (Bloomberg) -- Russia could base strategic bombers at Cuban and Venezuelan airfields, the head of the Russian strategic air force was quoted as saying by the Interfax news service.
“With Cuba, this is possible,” the Moscow-based agency quoted Major General Anatoly Zhikharev as saying. “There are four or five airfields with 4,000-meter (13,000-feet) runways which suit us completely.”
Russia has also received an offer to temporarily station bombers in Venezuela from President Hugo Chavez, which Zhikharev called “possible,” according to state television station Vesti-24.
“If the heads of the two countries show the will, the political will, then we are prepared to fly there,” Zhikharev said, according to Interfax.
The deployment of Soviet missiles in Cuba brought the U.S. and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear conflict in 1962. Under the deal that ended the crisis, Moscow withdrew the missiles and pledged not to station offensive weapons on the island, about 145 kilometers (90 miles) south of Florida.
There's a pretty hefty difference between the use of defensive systems and offensive systems. This sort of response is not healthy.