MOSCOW, November 22. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez in Moscow on Tuesday.
As the Kremlin press service reported earlier, the two heads of state are expected to exchange views on key issues on the international agenda and discuss the current state of and prospects for the further development of the Russian-Cuban strategic partnership in the political, trade-and-economic, and humanitarian-and-cultural spheres.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that Cuba is a very important partner of the Russian Federation, and the presidents "have a lot to talk about."
On Tuesday, the presidents will also attend an unveiling ceremony of the monument to Fidel Castro in northern Moscow.
This year, the presidents of Russia and Cuba spoke twice year by phone - in January and in October. They discussed the development of bilateral relations and current international issues. During their phone conversation in October, Diaz-Canel congratulated Putin on his 70th birthday.
On Monday, the Cuban President met with Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. At the talks, they stated that it is useful for Russia and Cuba to continue the dialogue and exchange experience under the sanctions imposed by the West. Separately, Medvedev stressed that "no sanctions are capable of holding back the development of Cuba and the Russian Federation." Earlier, the Cuban leader said that Western sanctions against the Russian Federation do not contribute to resolving the crisis around Ukraine, and that Havana supports Moscow's position in rejecting NATO's further advance towards Russia's borders.
Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez arrived in Moscow on November 19. He expressed confidence that the trip to Russia would help strengthen cooperation between Havana and Moscow in areas of mutual interest. During his foreign visit, the Cuban leader also visited Algeria, after Russia he intends to go to Turkey and China.