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Cuba and Russia to Widen Collaboration
The Cuban diplomat was received today by Valentina Matvienko, governor of this Russian city.
At the meeting Valdes highlighted the industrial, economic and cultural potentials of this city and insisted upon the convenience for both parties to strengthen the bilateral bonds.

After recalling the historical bonds between Cuba and Russia, the Cuban Ambassador recalled that the Russian President Dimitri Medvedev visited Cuba in 2008, and the visit made at the beginning of this year by the Cuban President Raul Castro to Russia.

Valdes also mentioned the agreements signed on that occasion, as the result of the 9th Session of the Intergovernmental Collaboration Commission, reported Prensa Latina news agency.

He also talked about that city’s potential to increase the number of tourists to Cuba, and expressed Cuba’s interest to have ships built in this city for the Caribbean nation’s fleet.

He talked of the possibilty of establishing regular flights between the Russian city and Havana, and of the increase of scientific, technical and cultural collaboration.

In February 2010, the Havana’s International Book Fair will be dedicated to Russia, and Cubans will be pleased to see this cultural capital represented in it, said Valdes.

A silk screen by Cuban artist Zaida del Rio, as well as a CD from Camerata Romeu, was given as a present to Governor Matvienko by the Cuban Ambassador.


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