MOSCOW, November 22. /TASS/. Moscow and Havana will continue to strengthen their alliance and defend freedom, equality and justice, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.
During the unveiling ceremony of a monument to Fidel Castro in Moscow, which was attended by visiting Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the Russian president said that the friendship between their countries is the shared heritage of the two nations.
"Jointly, we will continue to strengthen our union and defend the great values of freedom, equality and justice," Putin said.
Diaz-Canel noted that Castro had always had warm relations with the Soviet and Russian leaders, admired Russian cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova and Yury Gagarin, the moral courage of the Soviet people during World War II, and valued Russia’s role in global politics. He called the Castro statue a tribute to the friendship between the two countries.