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Russia set to reopen Soviet-era spy post on Cuba: source

Published on Jul 17, 2014 7:02 AM
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (left) hugs Cuba's President Raul Castro after a meeting at the Revolution Palace in Havana on July 11, 2014. The visit was part of a six-day tour of Latin America for Mr Putin. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russia has reached a provisional agreement with Cuba to reopen a big Soviet-era base on the Caribbean island from which it once spied in the United States, a Russian security source said on Wednesday.

The move comes as US-Russian relations have reached a post-Cold War low in a dispute over Ukraine.

"A framework agreement has been agreed," the source told Reuters, confirming a report in the daily Kommersant newspaper that the reopening was approved in principle during a visit to Cuba last week by President Vladimir Putin.

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined to comment, noting there was no formal announcement from Moscow.

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