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Cuba, Russia Boost Economic-Commercial Ties

Posted by Kris Roman on January 23, 2009

Prensa Latina

The revitalization of Cuba’s air fleet and land transportation confirms that economic-commercial ties between the Caribbean Island and Russia have improved, a diplomatic source said here.

The economic-commercial advisor of the Cuban Embassy in Moscow, Reinaldo Rodriguez, noted the achievements in that field during the ninth meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission for Economic and Commercial Collaboration.

Cubana de Aviación modernized its fleet after buying six passenger and cargo planes. The Ministry of Transportation imported more than 200 urban buses and trucks, Rodriguez pointed out.

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Castro says new Russian cathedral an honor for Havana

Posted by Kris Roman on October 23, 2008



Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro called the newly-built Russian Orthodox cathedral, which opened in Havana on Sunday, “an honor” for the Caribbean island.

The five-domed Our Lady of Kazan cathedral, which took four years to construct in the historic center of the Cuban capital, was consecrated by the Russian church’s top foreign official, Metropolitan Kirill and attended by the country’s President Raul Castro.

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Russian Church honors Fidel and Raul Castro

Posted by Kris Roman on October 19, 2008


fidel-and-raul-castroCuban leader Raul Castro and his brother Fidel have been honored by the Russian Orthodox Church for their contributions to the construction of the first Russian Orthodox cathedral on the Caribbean island.

The awards were handed over by Russian Church’s top foreign relations official, Metropolitan Kirill, who traveled from Moscow to attend a ceremony marking the Day of Russia in Cuba on Sunday.

The new Our Lady of Kazan cathedral, topped by five golden domes, opened on Sunday in the historic center of the Cuban capital of Havana four years after construction work was approved by then president Fidel Castro.

“This is a monument to Russian-Cuban friendship and all the efforts that have preserved our relations, including during the most difficult moments of the Cold War,” Metropolitan Kirill said at the opening of the church.

The consecration ceremony was part of activities in Cuba featuring concerts by Russian musicians as well as Russian-made films and documentaries.

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Outside View: Russia, Cuba team up again

Posted by Kris Roman on October 1, 2008

There is every reason to say that Russia has started reasserting its global position. This includes big-time politics and efforts to expand scientific and military-technical cooperation with other countries, including Cuba, the Soviet Union’s main Latin American ally.

It is hard to overestimate the importance of Latin America, and Cuba in particular, for Russia. Commenting on the results of Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev’s August 2008 visit to Cuba, Andrei Klimov, deputy chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the State Duma, said Russia, as a major power, needed to maintain its economic and security presence in Cuba.

In mid-September Moscow and Havana negotiated joint space projects. Anatoly Perminov, director of the Russian Federal Space Agency, said the sides had discussed the possibility of setting up a Cuban space center with Russian assistance.

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Russia to share space technology with Cuba

Posted by Kris Roman on September 17, 2008


Russia intends to share its space technology with Cuba, and has begun discussions on building a space center in the country, the Russian space agency said on Wednesday.

Roscosmos chief Anatoly Perminov, on a tour of Latin America as part of a delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, said the two countries were working on a space cooperation agreement and had considered ways of jointly using earth remote sensing satellites and space-based telecommunication systems.

Discussions are also underway on Cuba’s use of the Glonass satellite navigation system, and on the space center.

“We have tentatively discussed the possibility of assisting Cuba to build its own space center,” the official said.

He said Cuban specialists would soon visit Russia to be shown state-of-the-art space technology and equipment.

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Cuba and the return of the Russian-US Tug-of-War

Posted by Kris Roman on August 10, 2008


For the past week, a series of stories and denials have been published in the Russian media surrounding a possible plan for Russia to relocate a refueling base in Cuba and resume flights of Russia’s Tu-160 “Blackjack” and Tu-95 “Bear” nuclear-capable strategic bombers back into the Western Hemisphere. All the noise reached a crescendo when another piece of information — true or not — was leaked to the Russian press that a crew of the Russian bombers had gone to Cuba on Thursday to conduct preliminary surveys.

Thus far, there is no confirmation that Russia is indeed returning militarily to Cuba. It is, however, a signal of what could happen if the United Stated does not heed Russian demands for Washington to back off from Moscow’s turf. This would be, in Moscow’s eyes, an equal response to the United States’ signing ballistic missile defense system treaties with the Czech Republic and Poland — right on Russia’s doorstep — as well as discussing NATO membership with the former Soviet states of Ukraine and Georgia.

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Russia: Putin Says Moscow to Restore Ties With Cuba

Posted by Kris Roman on August 8, 2008

Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that Russia should begin rekindling ties with Cuba, more than a decade and a half after the collapse of the Soviet Union forced Moscow to retract the economic aid that helped sustain the island for some 30 years. “We will restore our position in Cuba and other countries,” Mr. Putin said at a meeting of cabinet ministers in remarks published on Russia’s government Web site. There has been speculation in the Russian news media that the Kremlin might seek to deploy military hardware in Cuba in response to Washington’s plans to build elements of a missile defense system in Eastern Europe. The Russian Defense Ministry has denied the reports.

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Russia may answer Western pressure with bases in Cuba – analyst

Posted by Kris Roman on August 5, 2008

Russia may resume a military presence in Cuba in response to growing military-political pressure from the West, a Russian political analyst said on Monday.

Moscow has strongly opposed the possible deployment by the U.S. of 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and an accompanying tracking radar in the Czech Republic as a threat to its national security. Washington says the defenses are needed to deter a possible strike from Iran, or other “rogue” states.

Moscow has also expressed concern over NATO’s expansion to Russia’s borders and pledged to take “appropriate measures.”

“It is not a secret that the West is creating a ‘buffer zone’ around Russia, involving in the process countries in central Europe, the Caucasus, the Baltic states and Ukraine,” said Leonid Ivashov, the former head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s department for international cooperation, and currently president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems.

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Russia, Cuba set to boost ties

Posted by Kris Roman on August 1, 2008

Russia and Cuba are to make efforts to boost bilateral cooperation in all spheres, the Russian Security Council said on Friday.

Council chief Nikolai Patrushev and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin visited Cuba on July 30-31, in a trip focusing on projects to revive economic ties between the former Cold War allies, including Russian companies’ participation in developing oil fields in the Latin American state.

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