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Lavrov meets with leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro in Havana

April 30, 2014, 6:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Russian foreign-policy chief also held talks with Cuba's Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez

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MOSCOW, April 30, 5:05 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov met in Havana with leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro, Russia's Foreign Ministry official said Wednesday at the close of the Minister's visit to the Republic.

"The Russian foreign-policy chief was received by Raul Castro, President of the State Council and of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, held talks with Cuba's Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez, and had an informal conversation with leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro," the RF Foreign Ministry official said.

During the meetings, held in a friendly and trust-based atmosphere characteristic of Russo-Cuban relations, the sides exchanged views on the entire spectrum of matters concerning bilateral interaction, including the development of the political dialogue, trade-and-economic, and cultural-and-humanitarian cooperation, and discussed matters of mutual interest that are on the international and regional agendas," the Ministry official pointed out.

The Cuban leadership, the RF Ministry official noted, "reaffirmed support for Russia's stand in view of the developments in Ukraine, and categorically declared against 'double standards' and sanctions".

"The sides emphasized full identity of approaches to matters regarding the strengthening of multilateral principles in world affairs, multipolarity and mutual respect," the Ministry official added.

Sergei Lavrov, for his part, reaffirmed Russia's principled position relating to "the need to put an end to the economic, trade and financial blockade introduced by the USA against Cuba".

"The sides discussed specific aspects of coordination in the international arena, and declared in favour of strengthening Russia's interaction with Latin American countries, including their integrational associations. They expressed a mutual striving for a further strengthening of bilateral cooperation within the scope of strategic partnership," the RF Foreign Ministry official said.

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