OREANDA-NEWS  A detachment of Russian warships is leaving Cuba, and local residents are watching their departure, RIA Novosti correspondent reports.

The presence of a tactical group of four ships off the coast of the island aroused the interest of many Cubans. So, the leader of the country, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, boarded the frigate Admiral Gorshkov.

On Wednesday, June 12, the Russian nuclear submarine Kazan, the frigate Admiral Gorshkov, the supply tanker Akademik Pashin and the rescue tug Nikolai Chiker entered the port of Havana. The official visit took place under the command of Vice Admiral Mikhail Neupokoev, Head of the Operational Department of the General Staff of the Navy.

The program of the Russian sailors' stay in Cuba included meetings with the command of the Republic's Navy and the Governor of Havana, as well as visits to historical and cultural sites.

Despite the fact that the visit took place within the framework of international rules, the Southern Command of the US Armed Forces sent the high-speed submarine USS Helena to Guantanamo Bay. According to CBS News, citing unnamed American officials, its purpose is "surveillance of Russians." At the same time, one of the interlocutors of the TV channel clarified that Washington does not consider the arrival of Russian ships to Cuba as a threat.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the reaction from the United States, recalled that military exercises are a normal practice for states, especially for such a large maritime power as Russia.