MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin had offered condolences in a telephone call to Cuba’s President Raul Castro over the death of his brother and Cuba’s leader Fidel Castro, the Kremlin press service said on Saturday.
"Russia’s President Vladimir Putin made a phone call to Cuba’s President and Prime Minister Raul Castro and offered profound sympathy to him on behalf of himself and all the Russian people over the death of Cuba’s leader Fidel Castro," the Kremlin said.
Putin emphasized that Fidel Castro was a bright political figure, a patriot who selflessly served his country and won the love of the Cubans and respect of the entire world community. He noted Fidel Castro’s enormous contribution to relations of friendship and strategic partnership of Russia and Cuba.
In the meantime, Raul Castro had words of gratitude for the Russian president for his words of support and assured him of continuity of the policy aimed at further comprehensive cooperation with Russia, the Kremlin said.
Fidel Castro, an icon of the Cuban Revolution and the founder and leader of the first socialist country in the Western hemisphere, died on Friday night at the age of 90. The Cuban authorities have declared a nine-day national mourning.