Russian Agreements

In order to begin the slow process of rebuilding some trust, the two countries should develop a framework for cooperation when their interests overlap and to manage differences before they intensify. In the U.S. approach, small pragmatic steps should prevail over the big ambitious goals. The ability to seize these opportunities depends on the leadership, will and vision of the leaders of both countries, who must overcome a wall of mutual distrust and resistance from public opinion, politicians and legislators. During the New Jewel Movement, the Soviet Union tried to use the island of Granada as a Soviet base, and also by receiving supplies from Cuba. In October 1983, during the U.S. invasion of Grenada, U.S. President Ronald Reagan claimed that U.S. marines were arriving on the island of Granada, considered a Soviet-Cuban ally that would export the communist revolution throughout the Caribbean region. In November, at a joint hearing of the Subcommittee of Congress, it was said that Grenada could be used as an intermediate warehouse for subversion of neighbouring countries, for the intersection of waterways and for the transit of troops and deliveries from Cuba to Africa and from Eastern Europe and from Libya to Central America. In December, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a preliminary report on Grenada, calling it “the island of Soviet internationalism.” When the U.S.

Marines landed on the island, they discovered a large quantity of documents, including agreements between the Soviet government and the New Jewel Movement, recorded minutes of committee meetings and reports from the Grenadie Embassy in Moscow. [117] Diplomatic relations between Grenada and the Soviet Union were severed in 1983 by the Governor General of Grenada. In 2002, Grenada re-established diplomatic relations with the newly formed Russian Federation. [118] Relations between the two countries suffered somewhat under Boris Yeltsin`s government, as Cuba was forced to seek important new allies such as China after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Relations improved when Vladimir Putin was elected russia`s new president. Putin, then Dmitry Medvedev, stressed the re-establishment of strong relations with former Soviet allies. In 2008, Medvedev visited Havana and Castro made a week-long trip to Moscow. In the same year, the two governments signed several economic agreements and Russia sent tons of humanitarian aid to Cuba. Cuba meanwhile provided strong political support to Russia during the 2008 South Ossetia War. Relations between the two nations are currently at a post-Soviet peak and talks on a possible re-establishment of a Russian military presence in Cuba are even beginning to surface. Over the past five decades, the leaders of the United States and Soviet Russia have used a fortifier of bilateral agreements and other measures to limit and reduce their vast nuclear missiles and strategic missiles and missiles.

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