Havana, Oct 3 (Prensa Latina) The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitri Medvedev, arrives today in Cuba for an official visit, during which he will hold official talks with President Miguel Diaz-Canel.
Prior to the dialogue, the Russian head of government will pay tribute to the National Hero, José Martí, at the Plaza de la Revolución in the capital, and he will be received in a solemn ceremony at the Palacio de la Revolución (headquarters of the Executive).
According to the agenda released by the Russian cabinet on its website, it is expected that both nations will sign intergovernmental and inter-institutional agreements, as well as commercial contracts.
During his stay in Havana, the Prime Minister will receive the title Honoris Causa in Political Science from the University of Havana, and he will carry out other activities.
Cuba and Russia maintain close relations of friendship and cooperation, including political dialogue on issues on the international agenda, and promote economic projects in strategic sectors such as energy, industry and transport, among others.
These links are also manifested in the permanent exchange of high-level visits.
The Euro-Asian nation has repeatedly expressed its firm position against the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States.
At the same time, Cuba opposes any policy of application of sanctions, particularly those adopted against the Russian people and government.
In a meeting held in Havana at the end of July, Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel highlighted the high coincidence in the two nations’ view on the different issues of the international agenda.
Both leaders expressed their willingness to work for the continued strengthening of bilateral bonds.
The Largest of the Antilles established diplomatic relations in 1942 with the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which were later interrupted in 1952, until the revolutionary government resumed ties on May 8, 1960.