The leader of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC, the only legal), Raúl Castro, held a meeting in Havana on Friday with the Commander in Chief of the Navy of the Russian Federation, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, in which they addressed the status of bilateral collaboration.
During the meeting, General Raúl Castro and Admiral Yevmenov confirmed the “excellent state of relations in all spheres, including the military-technical one,” between Cuba and Russia, and also discussed issues on the international agenda, according to a note disclosed by state media of the island.
The Commander in Chief of the Russian Navy was accompanied at the meeting by the ambassador of the Eurasian country, Andrei Guskov, the naval and air military attache of the diplomatic representation, Valery Nikolaevich Zubarev, and members of the delegation he heads in the visit of Work done to the Caribbean country.
On the Cuban side, the Minister and the First Deputy Minister and Chief of the General Staff of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Generals Leopoldo Cintra Frías and Álvaro López Miera, respectively, were present.
In recent years, Cuba and Russia have signed cooperation agreements in various sectors and maintain frequent contacts and exchanges of high-level visits.
In June 2019, a group of Russian Navy ships visited Havana.
The Russian admiral’s trip takes place two weeks after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov began a tour of several Latin American nations in Cuba.
For this year, a trip to the island of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, is planned, who accepted an invitation by his Cuban counterpart, Miguel Díaz-Canel, during his visit to Moscow last October.
The strengthening of ties between Cuba and Russia has intensified at the same time that the Donald Trump Administration has reversed the diplomatic “thaw” promoted by former US President Barack Obama, and has hardened the embargo that Washington maintains on the island for almost six decades.
Russia is currently one of the top ten trading partners of Cuba, which defines its association with the Eurasian country as “strategic.”