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The President of Cuba receives the Russian Deputy Prime Minister to address relations

Havana, Apr 1 (EFE) .- Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov reviewed bilateral relations this Thursday after the 18th session of the intergovernmental commission was held in Havana between the two nations.

Díaz-Canel sent a greeting to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the meeting with Borisov, according to state media on the island.

Both ratified “the excellent state of political relations between both countries” and evaluated the economic, commercial, financial and cooperation ties.

The meeting of the intergovernmental commission between Havana and Moscow, headed by Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas and his Russian counterpart, discussed the day before in 14 working groups issues of the economic, financial, energy, transport, agriculture and communications sectors and health, among others.

The delegations also held negotiations for industry and military-technical cooperation, according to official sources.

In the area of ​​health, they agreed to sign a new working memorandum on the exchange of experiences to replace the previous one from 2000, as well as the creation of the binational cooperation council in order to promote scientific-technical research and development projects.

Authorities from Havana and Moscow expressed their willingness to stimulate mutual understanding of the implementation of the protocols they manage to face the covid-19 pandemic and the conduct of clinical trials on this and other diseases.

Within this framework, 13 bilateral meetings were held, as well as workshops with the participation of company representatives, business forums, exhibitions, and signing of agreements with health specialists from both countries and the biotechnology industry.

Cuba is currently developing five vaccine candidates against the coronavirus with which the island’s authorities hope to immunize its entire population this year.

Two of these formulas -Soberana 02 and Abdala- are in the third and final stage of clinical trials, in which their efficacy will be determined.

In recent years, Cuba and Russia have given impetus to their bilateral relationship to reestablish the close cooperation that they maintained before the disappearance of the Soviet Union (USSR) in 1991, with the signing of new economic cooperation agreements.

In the previous edition of the bilateral meeting, which took place last September in the Russian capital, both nations assured to share the same principles of international law and ideals of justice and to be “on the right side of history”, as declared then the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after receiving Deputy Prime Minister Cabrisas.

In 2014, Moscow canceled 90% of the debt contracted by the island and valued at 35.3 billion dollars.

Russia is one of Cuba’s top ten trading partners, and both define their partnership as “strategic.”

(c) EFE Agency

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