Cuban authorities officially received this Thursday a donation of 19,526 metric tons of wheat, sent by the government of Russiareview official media.
The donation is valued at more than six million dollars, and is part of a Russian support program for the Island in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, refer a report of the Cuban News Agency (ACN).
The donation was delivered at the headquarters of the Cuban Ministry of the Food Industry (MINAL), whose first deputy minister, Lázara Mercedes López Acea, thanked Russia and the World Food Program “for their support and selfless help to Cuba” and confirmed the interest of Havana to “continue strengthening bilateral cooperation relations” with Moscow, adds the news release.
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On the Russian side, Ambassador Andrei A. Guskov reiterated “his government’s intention to continue offering aid to the Island,” despite the “complex international scenario” and the sanctions currently affecting Cuba and Russia, which, he said , “they try to weaken the strategic association relations between the two countries,” says the media.
In addition, the diplomat recalled other shipments sent to the island from the Eurasian nation in previous months, such as planes that arrived with 83 tons of medicines for the Cuban health system, and 170 tons of food and other items.
The donation comes at a time when Moscow is the center of numerous international sanctions, especially by the United States and Europe, due to its military invasion of Ukraine. As a result of the war conflict, Russia also has been sentenced in international organizations such as the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council, of which was recently suspended.
Havana, which has publicly advocated a peaceful solution to the conflict and has lamented the death of civilians, did not support this suspension and has opposed the sanctions, considering that they will not contribute to stopping the war and that they are part of a Washington strategy. and the West against Moscow.
Cuba and Russia have promoted their bilateral relationship in recent years and both define their association as “strategic.” In 2014, Moscow forgave 90% of the debt contracted by the Island, valued at 35.3 billion dollars, and recently extended until 2027 the credits it gave Cuba between 2006 and 2019 to finance energy projects, the metallurgical industry and the transportation, among other areas.
Shortly before the invasion of Ukraine, Russian authorities discussed the possibility of deploying Russian military infrastructure on the island, without this intention being officially confirmed. Several senior leaders of the Slavic country also visited Cuba and They met with Cuban authorities, including President Díaz-Canel himself.