Russia and Cuba vow to expand their "strategic" ties

By On November 02, 2018

Russia and Cuba vow to expand their "strategic" ties

MOSCOW (AP) â€" The leaders of Russia and Cuba have vowed to expand what they called their "strategic" ties and urged the United States to lift its blockade of Cuba.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel pledged Friday to develop political, economic and military cooperation between their nations.

Diaz-Canel, who replaced Raul Castro in April in a historic changing of the guard in Cuba, hailed the "brotherly" ties between Russia and Cuba.

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union poured billions of dollars in supplies and subsidies to Cuba, its staunchest Latin American ally. But ties withered after the 1991 Soviet collapse as Russia, hit by an economic meltdown, withdrew its economic aid to Cuba.

Putin, who visited Cuba in 2000 and 2014, has sought to revive ties with the old Caribbean ally.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (Sergei Guneyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (Sergei Guneyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) (AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, shake hands after their ta   lks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, shake hands after their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) (AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, exchange documents after their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two    nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, exchange documents after their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) (AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, shake hands while exchanging documents after their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, shake hands while exchanging documents after their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) (AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, shake hands after their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, a nd Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, shake hands after their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) (AP)
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, center, enters a hall for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, center, enters a hall for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) (AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, attend the talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, attend the talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) (AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, an   d Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, pose for a photo during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, pose for a photo during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) (AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, greet each other during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is i   n Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, greet each other during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) (AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, attend the talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, attend the talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) (AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center right, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, center left, attend talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center right, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, center left, attend talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) (AP)
Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, right, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (Mladen Antonov/Pool Photo via AP)
Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, right, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aim ed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (Mladen Antonov/Pool Photo via AP) (AP)
Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, centre, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (Mladen Antonov/Pool Photo via AP)
Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, centre, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (Mladen Antonov/Pool Photo via AP) (AP)
Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel,    centre, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (Mladen Antonov/Pool Photo via AP)
Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, centre, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (Mladen Antonov/Pool Photo via AP) (AP)
Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, centre, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expa   nding cooperation between the two nations. (Mladen Antonov/Pool Photo via AP)
Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, centre, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (Mladen Antonov/Pool Photo via AP) (AP)
Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, right, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (Mladen Antonov/Pool Photo via AP)
Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, right, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (Mladen Antonov/Pool Photo via AP) (AP)
Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, right, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (Mladen Antonov/Pool Photo via AP)
Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, right, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown So ldier in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (Mladen Antonov/Pool Photo via AP) (AP)
Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, left, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (Mladen Antonov/Pool Photo via AP)
Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, left, attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Diaz-Canel is in Moscow for three days of talks aimed to expanding cooperation between the two nations. (Mladen Antonov/Pool Photo via A P) (AP)
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