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Raul Castro visits Russia on January 30 to sign business deals

Posted January 23, 2009 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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RIA Novosti

Cuban leader Raul Castro will visit Moscow later this month, with the official part of his visit scheduled for January 30, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin announced on Friday.

“An official visit to Russia by the Cuban leader will take place later this month. Official events will be held on January 30,” Sechin said, adding that the exact details of Castro’s schedule were still being worked out.

He also said that both Russia and Cuba had changed a lot since Castro’s last visit to the Russian capital in 1984.

“Cuba has managed to overcome a tough embargo, the difficult economic situation helped build up the national economy, and [Cuba] became a regional leader. Substantial changes have also taken place in Russia,” Sechin said.

Vice President of the Cuban Council of Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas said both countries would sign a number of agreements during Castro’s visit.

“A number of documents are being drafted. They should be signed during Raul Castro’s visit,” he said without disclosing any more details.

Sechin said the two countries were considering joint projects in fishing and transportation, including aviation.

Member Comments

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On January 23, 2009, Malo wrote:

This would be a great time for the Cuban military to stage a coup and hang Fidel while Raul “La Cherna” Castro is out of the country.

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On January 23, 2009, publisher wrote:

It would be interesting if Fidel dies while Raul is half way around the world.

Who knows, maybe Raul will stay in Russia?

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On January 25, 2009, Asoka wrote:

Two stupid clowns have commented- still hankering for the Yankee/Mafia days.

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On January 26, 2009, publisher wrote:

Reuters

Cuban President Raul Castro will arrive in Moscow on Wednesday on an official visit until February 4, Interfax news agency reported on Monday, citing the Kremlin.

Moscow was Havana’s main benefactor during the Cold War and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Cuba last year was seen as a sign that Russia seeks to rekindle the alliance that was abandoned after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

Russia is considering a $20 million loan to Cuba, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said last week, adding that the money would be spent on buying Russian goods.

Rising import costs, falling prices for major export nickel and three hurricanes meant that 2008 was one of the worst years in Cuba’s recent history.

Russian oil firms want to drill offshore and its military has talked about airspace defense cooperation with Havana.

(Reporting by Simon Shuster; editing by Elizabeth Piper)

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So, Raul is getting a plane to travel half way around the world so he can get a lousy $20million? Wow. Times must be tough in Cuba.

With its C++ bond rating, I’m guessing Cuba is finding it difficult to get any country to lend them money in this global environment.

I hope the Russians are good to you now that you have pissed of the Canadians by kicking out Pebercan.

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On January 26, 2009, Asoka wrote:

USA is heavily indebted to Communist China and Japan !

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On February 05, 2009, yakelin wrote:

Viva Cuba, coño!!!!!!!

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On February 05, 2009, pipefitter wrote:

I can understand why Cuba is buying Pebercan’s assets in Cuba, as why would they be buying their own oil at world prices from a company in Cuba pumping it out of Cuban soil? That does’t make much economic sense. We should be doing the same as Cuba in Canada as we are a net exporter of petroleum yet we pay world market prices for it here.