Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart Confirms Cuba’s Solidarity with Russia

Moscow, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) – Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, scientific adviser for Cuba’s Council of State, said here today that his country is grateful for Soviet and Russian support since 1959, and at a moment of threats and sanctions, he reiterated Cuba’s solidarity with Russia.

“We feel especially proud of our relationship with our brothers at a time when sanctions and threats are resurfacing”, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart stated after speaking at the launch of the Russian language edition of the book “Breve Historia de Cuba” (A Brief History of Cuba) at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

If in the days of the mercenary invasion at Playa Giron, the 1962 October (missile) Crisis, and the decades of struggle for our own independence and struggle led to a particular slogan, popularized by the Soviets and especially, the Russians, today we confirm that slogan: Russia is not alone!” said the scientific adviser.

Legislators, the director of America department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alexander Chetinin, ambassadors from Latin American countries, and more than 100 students and professors from the Institute, participated in the launch.

Cuban Ambassador to Russia Emilio Lozada provided participants information about the economic, trade and financial blockade maintained by the United States against his country for more than 50 years.

Washington’s reprisals are meant to force the Cuban people to yield in the defense of their sovereignty, he explained.

Again on the issue of the blockade, he said Washington’s aggressions had begun in 1959, and having failed to forcefully overthrow the Revolution, as of 1962 the U.S. switched a plan to make Cubans surrender through hunger and disease.

The Ambassador thanked authorities from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations for the initiative along with the Etnosocium international publishing center for coming up with the idea for the book, which he described as brief yet profound.