Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Yuri Borisov paid a working trip to Cuba. During the visit, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister held talks with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, as well as Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas.
“The intensity of bilateral contacts, including at the highest level, demonstrates the confidential and constructive nature of the dialogue between our countries. Such dynamics persist, despite the economic realities brought by the pandemic. Cuba is one of Russia’s priority foreign economic partners in Latin America and the Caribbean.” – Borisov noted during his visit, recalling the 18th meeting of the Russian-Cuban intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation held in Havana this spring “in order to settle the accumulated topical issues of the bilateral economic agenda.”
As explained to “RG” in the office of the Russian Deputy Prime Minister, the purpose of this visit was to discuss ways to optimize mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation and build up trade and economic interaction between our countries. An important part of the negotiations was the search for ways to further develop joint projects in Cuba.
“Today we have the opportunity to continue a substantive conversation, since it is necessary to agree on options for solving the most pressing issues of the trade and economic agenda. First of all, I consider it extremely important to discuss the work done on the main issues of implementing key bilateral projects,” Borisov said at a meeting with Ricardo Cabrisas. his Cuban counterpart on the intergovernmental Russian-Cuban commission.
Yuri Borisov also conveyed special greetings to his Cuban colleagues from Russian President Vladimir Putin, on whose behalf he came to Havana. He said that Russia made several deliveries of humanitarian aid to Cuba during the pandemic. These are food products, as well as essential goods and medicines, ventilators, oxygen stations and more. Borisov pointed out that Russia will continue to provide assistance to its strategic partner, and by the end of the year another batch of humanitarian aid will be sent to Cuba.
Borisov added that despite the difficult situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the tightening blockade regime against Cuba by the United States, strategic partnership with Cuba remains an unshakable priority for Russia.