Cuban, Russian Foreign Ministers tackle pandemic, Colombian peace

Moscow, June 8 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Serguei Lavrov, discussed today by telephone with his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez, the cooperation to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and the role of the island in the Colombian peace process.

The Foreign Ministers exchanged points of view on current aspects of bilateral cooperation, including that related to combating the spread of the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus, which caused Covid-19, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.

The document states that the ministers discussed issues on the Latin American agenda, including the current situation regarding the intracolombian agreement, taking into account Cuba’s role as one of the guarantor countries of the negotiation process with the guerrilla.

They also confirmed the full agreement of the positions of the two countries in support of the objectives and fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter and of the total rejection of the practice of applying unilateral sanctions, which are contrary to international law.

Cuba and Russia reached the 60th anniversary of the re-establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations on May 8, while exchanges between foreign ministers of the two states are frequent.

Moscow maintains an unwavering position of permanent condemnation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for almost 60 years, a policy that for more than two decades has been rejected by the vast majority of UN countries.

Russia and Cuba also maintain the exchange of experiences and cooperation in the context of the fight against the pandemic. Last week, Russia sent a batch of rapid diagnostic tests on a commercial flight to the island. Moscow also recognizes the solidarity of the island that, despite the intensification of the American siege, sent medical brigades to at least 27 countries to cooperate in the fight against the pandemic.

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