Cuba, Russia Strengthen Ties with Lavrov’s Visit to Havana

Havana, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Ministers of Cuba, Bruno Rodriguez, and Russia, Sergey Lavrov, have expressed in Havana Thursday the will of their countries to continue strengthening ties of friendship and cooperation against U.S. measures.

According to the Cuban diplomat, in the talks held with his Russian counterpart, he confirmed the great coincidence in many areas, such as the need to preserve peace, strengthen the role of international organizations and collaboration for mutual benefit in areas of bilateral interest.

In the difficult international scenario, cooperation is very important for Cuba, he said, and thanked the Russian support in the struggle against the blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for six decades, and intensifies with the implementation of Title III of the Helms Burton Act.

After highlighting the historical ties of friendship and cooperation between the two nations, Rodriguez pointed out that Russia has a longstanding and reliable partner in Cuba.

For his part, Lavrov recalled that next year both countries will celebrate 60 years of relations, and maintain a broad dialogue on investment.

Russia, he said, will continue to defend Cuba’s right to foster its own political system, and announced that next October Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will visit Havana.

Both foreign ministers expressed their support for the government and people of Venezuela in the face of destabilizing attempts, and agreed that that country’s problems should be resolved with peaceful methods, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, and with unrestricted respect for its right to self-determination.

Lavrov is making an official visit to Cuba, to be concluded Thursday, as part of his tour of Latin America, including Brazil and Suriname.


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