Meeting between Manuel Marrero and the Prime Minister of Russia, Mikhail Mishustin. Photo: RT

The history of cooperation and friendship that exists between Cuba and Russia, based on mutual respect and the common interests that distinguish us, lived this Wednesday at the edge of noon (local time) a new chapter, when official talks were held by the member of the Political Bureau and Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero Cruz, and his counterpart Mikhail Mishustin.

"Relations have always been of a high level, but in these complex times where enemies try to consolidate their domination of the world, we are united by many more elements to continue fighting together," said the Head of Government and thanked the Caribbean delegation accompanying him on his first official visit to Russia, as Prime Minister, for their hospitality.

In addition, he stressed that these are strategic and allied links where new economic, commercial and cooperation ties are inserted, and expressed satisfaction with the results of the XX Session of the Intergovernmental Commission for Economic-Commercial and Scientific-Technical Cooperation between Cuba and Russia, which met in Havana last May, from which 24 documents were derived.

In dialogue with Mikhail Mishustin, Prime Minister of the Federation of #Rusia, we reaffirm the importance of the joint projects being carried out between our nations, as a sign of the expansion of economic and trade ties.

— Manuel Marrero Cruz (@MMarreroCruz) June 7, 2023

For his part, Mishustin described Cuba as a key partner in Latin America, whose relationship is based on friendship, solidarity and mutual respect. "It is very important for us to relaunch our cooperation to increase trade and investment. We are creating the conditions to expand the operation of Russian companies in the Cuban market. We propose to develop more actively cooperation in the field of tourism after the resumption of regular flights with Cuba, from the first of July.

"We attach great importance to the implementation of large joint projects, especially those designed for the long term such as the modernization of the José Martí Steel Company (Antillana de Acero), in accordance with the agreements reached," Mishustin said, while expressing rejection of the unprecedented sanctions imposed on Cuba.

Meeting between the Prime Minister of Cuba, Manuel Marrero, and the Vice President of the Russian Government, Dmitry Chernyshenko. Photo: @GobiernoCuba

Marrero Cruz also met on this day with the Vice President of the Government of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Chernyshenko, to whom he expressed interest in continuing to consolidate ties as two brother countries, and nothing will stop us in that purpose.

During the dialogue, he said that participating in person in the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, which begins this Thursday here, constitutes "something to which we give a very great value for its potential. Being an observer state of the Eurasian Economic Union is a privilege, for which we are grateful. We are very proud to be at this event."

This morning we held a meeting with Dmitri Chernyshenko, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Federation of #Rusia🇷🇺.
We reaffirm the will of both parties to continue strengthening ties between our nations.

— Manuel Marrero Cruz (@MMarreroCruz) June 7, 2023

Chernyshenko, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Commission on the Russian side, referred to his country's initiatives linked to our National Economic and Social Development Plan until 2030. "In the bilateral and multilateral framework, we do not abandon our friends," he said.

In both meetings, Marrero Cruz referred to the tightening of the US blockade, the cause of the main economic problems of Cuba, which is similar to the unilateral sanctions imposed on this nation. In line with this, he ratified Cuba's firm opposition to the "Russophobia" that the West tries to implant in the world, as well as to the maneuvers to exclude it from international organizations.

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