Cold War Echoes: Russian Spy Ship in Havana

Is this just a coincidence or could Russian President Putin be trying to send a message?
1:55 | 01/22/15

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Just as talks begin here in Havana. The Department of Homeland Security has revealed additional Coast Guard cutters have now been deployed to the Florida Straits to halt Cubans from reaching the US by boat. But apparently there is another vessel making news right here in Cuba tonight it's right in the port not far from where I'm standing a Russian spy vessel that arrived this week. Kuwait's events or is someone trying to send a message we asked ABC to model it would take us on board how far would he get them. Right there in the center of old Havana today a surprise visitor two days ago. There was a cruise ship parked right there today is these high level talks begin. A Cold War relic. She is the Victory Lane and off once a Soviet spy ship. Now in the Russian Navy patrolling the waters along America's eastern seaboard. Loaded with radar and electronic surveillance and ten from stem to stern staff with 200 sailors and carrying thirty millimeter cannon and anti aircraft guns. Coincidence the Russians say their visit was scheduled long ago they even opened it up today for children of Russian diplomats. Notice of but the regular occurrence but clearly it's still a spy ship and we're not getting any closer. And the Cubans who had a three decade dependence upon the Soviets say it feels like old times. Is that a good memory or a bad memory we have low blood relations with Russia. On labeling we have normal relations with the United States we could have a plan and a litigant should visit. Engines would be no I didn't get very far today but what was your sense while you were over there do you think this was planned jurors are necessary to things to remember first of all those sailors report the battle Vladimir Putin could be. An attempt to embarrass the United States but secondly. Possibly more true David. Good they are sailors they're from Russia. And in Cuba and here in Havana run cost about eighty cents a shot which can be inviting us symbolically broke the story on Cuba several weeks faction thank you.

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