Russians to build crisis-response center in Nicaragua

(Jan. 30, 2:00 p.m.)- The Russian government today announced it is working to create an international crisis-response network with centers in the ALBA nations of Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba.

The Russians have already started to build new crisis-response centers in Nicaragua and Venezuela as part of an effort to create new public information and crisis-management systems, according to reports today in Russian press.

“The key hubs of that network will be the Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center in the Balkans, with new crisis response centers in Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba, as well as the existing segment[…] at the UN headquarters in Geneva,” Russia’s Civil Defense and Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov said in a report published today in RIA Novosti.

The crisis centers will be used to coordinate humanitarian activity under the auspices of the UN, Puchkov said.

The Russian official said additional crisis management centers will also be set up to cover the Asia-Pacific region.

The Sandinista government has not offered any additional information on the Russian crisis-response center.