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Cuban Foreign Minister Arrives in Russia on Official Visit
Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Minister Felipe Perez Roque, arrived on Saturday in Russia on an official visit at the request of his counterpart, Serguei Lavrov.

Upon arriving in Moscow, Perez Roque told the press about how much Cuba appreciated Russia’s support in the fight to have the US put an end to the economic, financial and commercial blockade against the island, said Prensa Latina news agency.

The Cuban Minister noted that he expects this visit to Russia will help strengthen economic ties up to the same level of the political relations.

Andrei Nesterenko, Russia’s Foreign Minister spokesperson said relations with Cuba are experiencing an increasing trend. He noted that since 1996, eight visits of the foreign ministers from both countries have taken place.

Nesterenko announced that a meeting between the Russian First Vice-President, Igor Sechin, and the Cuban foreign minister has been scheduled. Sechin is the co-chairman of the Russia-Cuba top-level intergovernmental commission.

Perez Roque had previously visited Russia in 2000, 2003 and 2005, while Lavrov traveled to Havana in an official visit on September 2004.

According to the working program for the Cuban Foreign Minister, Perez Roque will hold talks with leaders of the federation’s Council (senate) and the Duma (parliament). He will also meet with members of the Cuba- Russia friendship parliamentary group and of the friendship society between the two countries.


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