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MOSCOW, July 10 (Itar-Tass) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cuban President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers Raul Castro will hold a meeting on July 11, the Kremlin press service said on Tuesday. The meeting will be held in the format of Raul Castro’s visit in Russia due on July 10-12.
The meeting will continue the series of bilateral contacts at the top level and will be the third one for the both leaders of state, the press service said, reaffirming that previously Vladimir Putin and Raul Castro met in Havana in December 200 and in Moscow in February 2009.
Cuba is one of Russia’s old friends and partners in Latin America, cooperation with whom is of strategic importance for Moscow, the press service said. The 110-year jubilee of Russian-Cuban diplomatic relations was marked on July 6, 2012.
“The Russian-Cuban upcoming talks will focus on further development of bilateral cooperation, in particular in the trade, economic and investment spheres, and the increase and diversification of mutual trade turnover, as well as key projects of energy, transport and telecommunication interaction,” the press service said.