Russian President Vladimir Putin receives the First Vice President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel, and accompanying Cuban delegation. Photo: cadenagramonte.cu

On Wednesday, May 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the First Vice President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel at the Kremlin, on an official visit to the country, reports Prensa Latina.

During the cordial encounter both officials reviewed the excellent state of relations between the two nations, and discussed the continued development of economic and commercial ties following President Putin’s visit to Havana in July, 2014. Likewise, both dignitaries discussed opportunities for Russia to participate in the updating of Cuba’s economic model over the coming years.

Also participating in the meeting were Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations Rogelio Sierra and Cuban Ambassador to Russia, Emilio Lozada. Among members of the Russian delegation present were, Vice President Dmitri Rogozin, Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Commission and Deputy Foreign Minister, Serguei Ryabkov as well as Foreign Policy Advisor, Yuri Ushakov.

The Cuban First Vice President arrived yesterday in Moscow from Belarus, explaining that the aim of his visit to Russia is to review the current state of political, economic and commercial relations between the two nations, as well as a group of important projects currently underway.

He noted that said projects have arisen from joint proposals developed by both Cuba and Russia following President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the island in 2014. We have very interesting energy, industrial and financial-economic projects, which will be the focus of analysis during this visit to Russia, stated the Cuban First Vice President.

The Cuban delegation is also scheduled to hold meetings with the Chairwoman of the Federation Council, Va­len­tina Matvienko, and Prime Minister, Dmitri Medvédev.

Relations between Russia and Cuba date back over a century, but reached new levels after the reestablishment of diplomatic relations on May 8, 1960.