Secret Russian Military Base Discovered Within Missile Range Of US Border
Russia's mysterious hidden outpost in the rim of a volcano close to the United States has been found
Russian President Vladimir Putin has set up a top secret military base that is within strike distance of the United States for medium-range nuclear missiles.
The mysterious outpost has just been discovered in the rim of a volcano in Latin American country Nicaragua just 1,790 miles away from US shores.
US officials are said to be "panicking" about the discovery as it places the US in a vulnerable position should Russia decide to make an offensive strike.
The Star reports: Juan Gonzalez, a former deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, said US defense chiefs should be “concerned”.
He said: “Nicaragua offers a beachhead for Russia to expand its intel capabilities and election meddling close to the United States.”
Another official told the Washington Post: “Clearly there’s been a lot of activity, and it’s on the uptick now.”
The proximity of the base to the US will bring back memories of the Cuban missile crisis during the Cold War.
Soviet Union ballistic nuclear missiles were deployed to the communist state in response to the failed Bay of Pigs invasion.
The confrontation is considered the closest the two superpowers ever came to full-scale nuclear war.
US officials fear the base is being used to spy on Washington or intimidate Americans in response to NATO military buildup in eastern Europe.
It is understood the base is officially used for Kremlin GPS satellite systems.
But one source said she had “no idea” what was actually at the base in Laguna de Nejapa.
She said: “They are Russian, and they speak Russian, and they carry around Russian apparatuses.”
A US embassy is located just 10 miles away.
Sources told The Washington Post there is no cause was immediate alarm.
Yet diplomats with Russian expertise have been sent to Nicaragua to deal with the situation, according to the newspaper.
Russia has become a major influence in Latin America in the past few years.
Military weapons from Moscow have been sold to Venezuela, Peru, Argentina and Ecuador.
Around 250 Russian troops are thought to be based in Nicaragua.
Fears over the base come as Moscow threatened to “retaliate” against Donald Trump after “crossing a red line” with his Syria missile strike.