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Cuba and Russia sign defence cooperation agreement

Saturday, December 10th 2016 - 17:44 UTC
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Russia's Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin (left) and Cuban Vicepresident Ricardo Cabrisas during the signing of the agreements Friday in Havana Russia's Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin (left) and Cuban Vicepresident Ricardo Cabrisas during the signing of the agreements Friday in Havana

The Vicepresident of the Council of Ministers of Cuba, Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz and Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin Friday signed a new defense cooperation agreement in Havana as well as six other treaties in the fields of technology, aviation, medicine and railroad transport.

 “The agreement will largely be of a technical and advisory nature, rather than one which includes military supplies or boots-on-the-ground,” Rogozin explained.

”Since Russia long ago arrived at the program-target method in defense issues, we have our own methodology, experts knowing how to ensure short-term and near-term planning. This kind of assistance will be provided. So, this is more of a methodological assistance, which will help shape the long-term capacity planning program aimed at the modernization of the armed forces,” he added.

The other six agreements included a deal between the Federal Air Transport Agency and the Civil Aviation Institute of Cuba, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding between Inter RAO - Export LLC and Union Electrica de Cuba which aims to, among other thing, reconstruct and modernize Cuban power plants.

“Several western countries like the United States try to put pressure on us by imposing sanctions, but Russia and Cuba share the same idea regarding independence and sovereignty,” Rogozin added.

Cuba was a historic ally of the Soviet Union until the fall of communism in 1991. Under President Vladimir Putin, relations between the two countries have continued to improve, with 90 percent of the Caribbean island’s debt to Russia wiped clean in 2014.


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  • Briton

    The spread of Russian influence,??
    but after seeing how many military bases the yanks have, 4,000 in the US and Alaska, and just over 1,000 around the world, according to TV last night,

    perhaps Mr Putin is just doing trade to earn a few bob... lol

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 08:43 pm 0
  • Marti Llazo


    “.....4,000 in the US and Alaska,....”

    I guess Alaska belongs to Canada?

    4000? Oh, on television.

    Dec 12th, 2016 - 11:55 am 0
  • Briton

    The coming war on china, shown on ITV 6th Dec 2016, and you can buy it on amazon,
    or look on Utube,
    very long its a documentary,
    but yes it stated 4, ooo US bases.


    Dec 12th, 2016 - 08:04 pm 0
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