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MOSCOW, May 10. /TASS/. The solidarity between Russia and Cuba in terminating the attempts to revise history and the results of World War II is very important, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday at a meeting with five Cuban intelligence officers who spent many years in prison in the United States.
The minister recalled that Russia, since the first days, showed solidarity with the international campaign in support of the five officers known as the Cuban Five. "We consistently sought your release during our contacts with the Americans," Lavrov said. "For many countries, you have become a symbol of endurance, struggle for the preservation of national identity, the rights of the Cuban people to its own model of development."
"We are glad that the process of the normalization of relations between the US and Cuba is based on these principles," the minister said. "This policy deserves deepest respect." "We believe that the process of the normalization of relations reflects our US colleagues’ awareness that the policy of sanctions and double standards in human rights has no prospects," Lavrov said. "This policy is doomed to failure not only in relations between the US and Cuba but also with regard to other countries."
Russia’s top diplomat expressed satisfaction over the fact that the Cuban heroes took part in the events to mark the 71st anniversary of Victory over Nazi Germany in Moscow. He also recalled that Cuban leader Raul Castro came to the Russian capital last year to attend the celebrations on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory.
"It is regrettable that we are still faced with attempts to revise history and the results of World War II," Lavrov said. "In the face of such danger, our two countries and peoples’ solidarity in suppressing such groundless and unnatural attempts is particularly strong."
Cuban intelligence officers Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero Rodriguez, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez were arrested by the FBI in September 1998 and sentenced to life imprisonment and long prison terms. Later the sentence against them was reconsidered. The Cubans were released in 2011-2014.