6 February 202009:14

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during a meeting with Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla of Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, February 5, 2020

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Mr Minister,

My dear Bruno,

I am sincerely grateful for the reception that you have organised for me and my delegation in Santiago de Cuba.

I fully share your assessment of our relationship. We are absolutely committed to the agreements that were reached during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with President of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez in Moscow in October 2019. These agreements primarily concern improving the mechanisms of economic cooperation, especially in the context of the illegitimate sanctions that the United States continues to increase.

All these matters will be substantively considered during the planned meeting of the Russian-Cuban Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Research and Technical Cooperation in Moscow. It will focus on steps that must be agreed upon for the practical implementation of the cooperation programme in fuel and energy.

Our top-level contacts will certainly continue this year. We are expecting Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez to attend the events in Moscow to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in WWII and the 60th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations. High Cuban delegations have also confirmed that they will be taking part in a number of other events due in the next few months, including the Moscow Conference on International Security, the St Petersburg International Legal Forum, the St Petersburg International Economic Forum and other occasions. Russian delegations, in turn, will participate in the upcoming University 2020 international educational forum in Havana.

You have just mentioned another field of our interaction – the coordination of foreign policies. We believe it is exemplary.

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