Raul Castro and Putin Hold official Talks

Havana.- Army General Raul Castro, President of the councils of State and Ministers, held official talks on Friday with the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, who was on an official visit to Cuba.

During the fraternal meeting, Raul and Putin verified the excellent state of bilateral relations, ratified the political willingness to meet the 2012-2020 Bilateral Economic Agenda and confirmed the readiness to deepen bonds in the spheres of education, science and technology, culture and sports. Likewise, they held exchanges on prospects to increase Russian investments in Cuba and the flow of tourism from that nation to the Caribbean island. In addition, the two leaders spoke about topics of the current international panorama.

The distinguished visitor was accompanied by ministers Serguei Lavrov, of Foreign Affairs; Denis Manturov, of Commerce and Industry; Veronica Skvostsova, of Health; and Alexander Novak, of Energy; as well as by Igor Sechin, president of the Rosneft oil consortium; Mikhail L. Kamynin, Russia’s ambassador to Cuba; and other members of his delegation.

Cuba was also represented at the meeting by Miguel Diaz-Canel, First Vice-president of the councils of State and Ministers; Ricardo Cabrisas, Vice-president of the Council of Ministers; Bruno Rodriguez and Rodrigo Malmierca, ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and Investment, respectively; and Emilio Lozada, Cuban ambassador to Russia; among other members of the government.

After the meeting, the Cuban President of the councils of State and Ministers presented the President of the Russian Federation with the “Jose Marti National Order, the top award given by the Republic of Cuba.

Later, the two heads of state presided over the ceremony where ten agreements were signed.

At the end of the afternoon, Army General Raul Castro went to Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport to bid President Putin farewell.