Moscow, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Ambassador to the Russian Federation Julio Garmendia on Friday presented the friendship medal to the veteran and first vice president of the Russia-Cuba Friendship Association, Mikhail Makaruk.
The ceremony took place in the Cuban Embassy after a meeting with members of groups of friendship with Cuba in Russia, in the framework of the sixth anniversary of the physical disappearance of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.
By decree of President of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel and at the proposal of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), Makaruk received the medal for his outstanding activity in strengthening ties of fraternity, cooperation and mutual aid between the two peoples.
The provision also states that the medal to this friend of Cuba is an acknowledgment of his support for the strengthening and deepening of ties with the Cuban people, as well as for his outstanding participation in campaigns in defense of the Revolution.
Makaruk, for his part, expressed gratitude for Cuba’s gesture and said that President Diaz-Canel’s recent visit and the inauguration, together with Russian President Vladimir Putin, of a statue of Fidel Castro in downtown Moscow, marked a step towards the future that will serve as a guide to the new generations.
The Russian activist recalled the words of the Cuban leader when he expressed that “together we will win,” a phrase that, in his opinion, symbolizes the friendship and collaboration between Havana and Moscow.
Also present at the emotional ceremony were the directors of the Fidel Castro Center in Havana, Rene Gonzalez Barrios, and of the Fidel Castro Foundation for the Development of Russian-Cuban Relations, Leonid Savin.