Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Cuban counterpart, Miguel Díaz-Canel, expressed their willingness to expand strategic cooperation between the two nations and to comply with the agreements reached during the last meeting they held last November during the president’s Eurasian tour. Antillean.
In a telephone conversation, “special attention was paid to mutually beneficial projects in energy, industry and other sectors,” and both expressed “mutual interest in further comprehensive strengthening of Russian-Cuban strategic cooperation,” according to the press service of the Kremlin, quoted by Sputnik.
During the exchange, Putin agreed to take into account “the proposals and wishes of the Cuban side” and conveyed his willingness to strengthen bilateral ties. In addition, the Russian leader congratulated Díaz-Canel in advance on the anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, which is celebrated on January 1.
In the meeting that both held on November 22, Putin attacked the sanctions and embargoes imposed on his country and the island by the “Yankee empire”, and honored the late Fidel Castro with a statue in the heart of Moscow.
Díaz-Canel’s visit to Russia was “useful and profitable”, says Cuban minister
Díaz-Canel traveled to Moscow with the aim of strengthening the island’s economic, political and commercial relations. Another of the transcendental issues of that visit was to seek help to overcome the energy crisis that the country has gone through in recent months.
“Cuba is willing to respect and comply with the financial obligations it has with Russia as soon as the economic situation eases up a bit and that is possible,” he promised, referring to the 2.3 billion dollars in credits that the island received between 2006 and 2019.
For his part, Putin assured on that occasion that “the Soviet Union and Russia have always supported and continue to support the Cuban people in their struggle for independence, for sovereignty. We have always opposed all kinds of restrictions, embargoes, blockades… We have always supported Cuba on international stages. And we see that Cuba adopts the same position regarding our country regarding Russia”.
With information from EFE