Russia's military bases in Cuba and Vietnam were tension amplifiers during the Cold War. There have been plans to close the two bases since the early 2000s, but it seems that Russia is reconsidering. This is important amid the recent growing tensions between the United States and Russia. Additionally, Russia voted to approve an indefinite deployment of forces in Syria and could establish a permanent base there. Russia's recent escalation of military conflict contrasts with previous attempts to demilitarize after the collapse of the Soviet Union.