Russia and Cuba vow to expand their ‘strategic’ ties

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  1. Almost Heaven

    Almost Heaven Well-Known Member

    MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Cuba vowed Friday to expand what they called their “strategic” ties and urged the United States to lift its blockade of Cuba.

    In a joint statement issued after their talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel denounced U.S. “interference into domestic affairs of sovereign nations” and spoke in support of closer integration between Russia and Latin American nations.

    Diaz-Canel, who replaced Raul Castro in April in a historic changing of the guard in Cuba, hailed the “brotherly” ties between Russia and Cuba and invited Putin to visit next year.

    During the Cold War, the Soviet Union poured billions of dollars in supplies and subsidies into Cuba, its staunchest Latin American ally. But ties withered after the 1991 Soviet collapse as Russia, hit by an economic meltdown, withdrew its economic aid to Cuba.

    Putin, who visited Cuba in 2000 and 2014, has sought to revive ties with the old Caribbean ally.

    Following the Kremlin talks, Putin and Diaz-Canel vowed to expand political, economic and military ties between Russia and Cuba.

    Cuba’s defense minister, Leopoldo Cintra Frias, is set to visit Moscow later this month to discuss specific plans for military-technical cooperation.

    Sergei Storchak, Russia’s deputy finance minister, said Russia could offer Cuba a 38 million-euro ($43 million) loan to help fund its military modernization.

    Soviet warships and military aircraft regularly used Cuban bases during the Cold War, and Cuba hosted a Soviet electronic spying outpost in Lourdes, near Havana.
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  2. athenasius

    athenasius Well-Known Member

    Cuba never changes. And Russia is dreaming of the good old Soviet days when they had a controlling presence in the Caribbean just off the shores of America. Cuba has never let go of the dream of destabilizing America thru communism, it's merely got a new hipster face on the old Cuban dream.
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