On Friday November 2nd the leaders of Russia and Cuba vowed to expand what they called their “strategic” ties and urged the United States to lift its blockade of Cuba.
As reported by AP, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel denounced US "interference into domestic affairs of sovereign nations" and spoke in support of closer integration between Russia and Latin American nations.
Moreover, Diaz-Canel hailed the “brotherly” ties between Russia and Cuba and invited Putin to visit next year.
Following the Kremlin talks, Putin and Diaz-Canel vowed to expand political, economic and military ties between Russia and Cuba. Cuba's defence minister, Leopoldo Cintra Frias, is set to visit Moscow later this month to discuss specific plans for military-technical cooperation. Sergei Storchak, Russia's deputy finance minister, said Russia could offer Cuba a 38 million-euro ($43 million) loan to help fund its military modernisation.
Russia's Kommersant newspaper had previously reported that Moscow planned to grant Cuba a loan of more than $50 million to allow it to buy Russian hardware, such as tanks, armoured vehicles and possibly military helicopters.
Putin said he and Diaz-Canel discussed expanding economic ties, including Russia's participation in the modernisation of Cuban railways. The Russian leader also mentioned Russian companies Rosneft and Zarubezhneft drilling for oil off Cuba and a contract for the Inter RAO energy company to build new generator units at a Cuban power plant.