Havana, Cuba, Sep 1 (acn) – The member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party and First Vice-president of the councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Diaz-Canel highlighted on Monday the historic bonds of friendship, family and true fraternity existing between Cuba and Russia.
Diaz-Canel met with the first vice-president of the State Duma (parliament lower house), Ivan Melnikov, and with the leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Gennady Zyuganov, while in transit in Moscow, the Prensa Latina news agency reported.
Russia is a land dear to Cubans, said the Cuban leader while evoking that his generation grew up with respect and admiration for the role of the Russian people in the war against fascism and for all its exploits.
He said that this close relationship with Russia and its people could be seen during the recent celebration in Cuba of the 70th anniversary of the victory over fascism in the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945).
The Cuban leader pointed out that this endeavor, heroism and deed of the Russian people is remembered around the world, but especially in Cuba, where with pride, he stressed, young people are very interested in this history of friendship.
During his first visit to Russia in his capacity as First Vice-president of the councils of State and Ministers, Diaz-Canel wished the two parties continue to strengthen these relations.
The First Vice-president of the State Duma said that Russia highly appreciates the level of bilateral cooperation and political dialogue with Cuba.
Melnikov also referred to the objective of Havana and Moscow of increasing multi-sectorial cooperation, including parliamentary cooperation.
Diaz-Canel will meet in Moscow with the vice-president of the Russian Government and co-chair of the Intergovernmental Commission for Cooperation, Dmitri Rogozin.