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Cuba and Russia to strengthen and materialize cooperation

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Havana, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) Russian Ambassador to Cuba Viktor Koronelli on Wednesday favored strengthening and materializing cooperation, including a broad participation by his country's business sector in Havana's International Fair (FIHAV).

Referring to the Russia-Cuba Business Forum held in Havana in May and the works done by the Intergovernmental Commission for Economic-Commercial and Scientific-Technical Cooperation, Koronelli told Prensa Latina that progress is being made gradually.

Some 14 agreements, contracts, and letters of intent signed at the end of the two forums’ works showed both countries’ willingness to begin a new stage in their economic-commercial relations, with specific points defined in their working agenda, experts stressed in this capital at the time.

Cooperation in energy, construction, agriculture, agricultural industry, and tourism, among other items, found fertile ground in the talks between Russian and Cuban entrepreneurs and officials in Havana.

Documents are being prepared to be signed to formalize the agreements reached during the works of the recently-concluded Intergovernmental Commission, the diplomat said in reference to the event that also took place in Havana in May.

Contacts are also executed in the business sphere, Koronelli said, shortly after the end of a ceremony to deliver a donation of vegetable oil from Russia through the World Food Program (WFP) in Cuba.

I know that a representative of the Russian company Progresagro is in Cuba to cooperate in the production of sugar cane, and we expect that a big representation of Russian companies will participate in FIHAV in November, he stressed.

Commenting on the aid delivered to Cuba, the Russian ambassador said that the donation confirms the relations between our two countries and the aid and support the Russian Federation provides to a brotherly people.

This tangible and real action is not the first cargo that Russia has delivered to Cuba through the WFP. I consider that this practice will continue, he said.

We have several cooperation projects with Cuba in the framework of United Nations structures, and it is not only the WFP, as they are also implemented through the UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), the diplomat concluded.

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