Russia ‘agrees to reopen Cuba spy base’

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The Lourdes Russian military spy post in Havana, pictured in December 2001Russia has provisionally agreed to reopen a major Cold War listening post on Cuba that was used to spy on the United States, a Russian daily reported Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin visited the island last week. Kommersant reported that Russia and Cuba had agreed “in principle” to reopen the Lourdes base, mothballed since 2001, citing several sources within Russian authorities. “The agreements were finalised while President Vladimir Putin visited Havana last Friday,” the respected daily wrote.