Havana, Cuba, Dec 4.- Mijail Kaminin, ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Cuban capital, asserted on Friday in this capital that his country has been, is and will always be a friend and an ally of the Caribbean island.
During the canceling of a stamp at Havana’s Friendship Center on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the re-establishment of bonds between the two nations, the diplomat also stressed that his country is willing to consolidate these bonds with the island in a concrete way, beyond words.
We will continue supporting Havana at international forums, asserted Kaminin after canceling the stamps along with Ramon Linares, First Deputy Minister for Computing and Communications.
He recalled that Russia was the Guest Country of the 19th International Book Fair and that recently very important agreements were signed in the fields of energy, transportation and communications.
This has been the year of Russia in Cuba, he stated, after recalling that the bonds between the parliaments of the two nations by way of “mutual visits of our deputies” were also strengthened.
While commenting on the occasion, Ernesto Senti, director for Europe of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, thanked the European nation for its constant demonstrations of support and friendship towards Cuba.
Relations between Cuba and Russia are not a relic of the past or a nostalgia; they’re an important part of our present and future design, he said, and described the ceremony as a significant event in the lives of the peoples of the two states.
On May 8, 1960, Cuba and the former USSR re-established their diplomatic ties, broken off in 1952 by dictator Fulgencio Batista (following Washington’s instructions).
Present for the occasion were Enrique Roman, First Vice-president of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples; José Ramón Rodriguez, head of the Cuban Movement for the Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples, and members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Havana.
Also attending the ceremony were representatives of various ministries, the Academy of Sciences, the Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Cuban Women, and other institutions and organizations. (acn).