Medvedev highlights the "great potential" of Russian-Cuban cooperation

Medvedev highlights the "great potential" of Russian-Cuban cooperation

Moscow, Nov 3 (EFE) .- Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev today highlighted the "great potential" for the development of Russian-Cuban economic cooperation, when meeting with the president of Cuba, Miguel-Diaz-Canel.

"Although we are good friends and our partner relations are special, in the economic sphere we have a number of outstanding projects and we have great potential to develop economic-commercial cooperation," said the head of the Russian government, quoted by local media .

He expressed his confidence that the visit of the Cuban president to Russia will impart a "positive dynamism" to relations between Moscow and Havana.

"Cuba continues to be our ally, our strategic partner, and we are joined by years of very good relations, regardless of the times we had to live, these relationships were always at a very high level," said Medvedev.

Diaz-Canel, for his part, stressed that bilateral relations are based on historical ties and that his visit to Russia is a ratification of the continuity of the legacy of Fidel and Raúl Castro.

He thanked the Russian Government for the assistance provided to face the consequences of the devastating hurricanes that recently hit the Caribbean country.

On the second day of his visit to Russia, the Cuban leader also met with the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Kiril.

On Friday, the Cuban president met with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on his first official visit to Russia since he was inaugurated, in April of this year, head of the Caribbean country.

In addition to the meeting with the head of the Kremlin, Diaz-Canel held meetings with the presidents of both houses of Parliament, with the leader of the Communist Party of Russia, Gennady Zyuganov, and with a group of executives of the largest Russian companies.

The visit of the Cuban leader to Russia is part of an international tour, which includes China and North Korea, among other countries.

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