Don’t ever be fooled by articles where the author or someone who was quoted states that Russia has purely economic/commercial interests. The headline alone is questionable because it’s not ‘new’. They are either duped or purposely whitewashing the military threat. Point being, they (along with China) are encircling the United States. Through the documentation of articles here alone under the China or Russia tags and categories, one can clearly see this one case of many points to a bigger picture. They’re not there to fight drugs either, since they’ve already drugged the United States in the first place.
Here are also a few examples of Russian military involvement:
Airport Punta Huete rejuvenated (Spanish)
“We have Nicaragua, soon we will have El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Mexico. One day, tomorrow or five years or fifteen years from now, we’re going to take 5 to 10 million Mexicans and they are going into Dallas, into El Paso, into Houston, into New Mexico, into San Diego, and each one will have embedded in his mind the idea of killing ten Americans.” (Thomas Borge, Nicaragua Interior Minister as quoted in the Washington Times, March 27, 1985)
Faced with Colombia’s military strength and apparent resolve not to hand over a disputed swathe of the Caribbean, Nicaragua is inviting friendly Russia into the area.
The Nicaraguans have announced that in 2014 they will allow U.S. and Russian military forces to enter the section of the Caribbean that the Hague Court gave them — which Colombia has so far refused to abandon or hand over. Nicaragua has said the forces would participate in joint counter-narcotics operations, but Colombia is increasingly on edge about other actions Nicaragua may have planned with the two large foreign powers.
Weapons expert Carlos Ardila, a former adviser to the United Nations regional disarmament agency UNLIREC, says Colombia is worried that Nicaragua’s announcement could provoke a clash of interests not just with Nicaragua and Russia, but also with the United States. Still, he says there is no “standoff” yet, as “Nicaragua lacks sufficient naval power to dissuade, it has no ships with ballistic capacity or submarines.” He said Nicaragua’s navy basically consists of small ships or patrol boats, with no combat helicopters to speak of.
Colombia is not so much concerned about a possible confrontation as with Nicaragua’s rapprochement to Russia – successor state to Nicaragua’s erstwhile ally the Soviet Union. Ties were maintained and Nicaragua retained some Soviet armament, even if in “bad repair,” says Ardila, while Russia has increased its presence here recently, especially to fight drug trafficking.
Security analyst Carlos Martínez says it remains unclear whether the recent incident of Russian planes violated Colombian airspace intentionally, but “the point was made, that if Colombia insists on not implementing the [Hague] ruling and using its military superiority to defend its sovereignty, and orders the militarization of the zone,” the Nicaraguans could resort to similar tactics with the help of Russia and Venezuela.
“Nicaragua is considerably weaker in military terms but shows it is not alone,” adds Martínez. “What other reactions could we expect from Managua?”
Full article: An ’80s Flashback? Russia’s New Military Presence In Nicaragua (World Crunch)