The United States would not tolerate a reported Russian proposal to station long-range nuclear bombers in Cuba, the nominee to become Air Force chief of staff said yesterday (see GSN, July 22).
If Russia acts on such a plan, "we should stand strong and indicate that is something that crosses a threshold, crosses a red line for the United States of America," Gen. Norton Schwartz said at his confirmation hearing (see GSN, July 22).
"I would certainly offer the best military advice that we engage the Russians not to pursue that approach," he added.
A White House spokeswoman would not comment on the reported plan, saying there had been no "official response from the Russian government" on the original Russian newspaper report.
"That scenario is hypothetical and speculative at this point," U.S. Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman added (Jim Mannion, Agence France-Presse/Google News, July 23).