Havana, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) commemorated today in this capital the Day of Russia, celebrated every June 12 on the occasion of the declaration of national sovereignty of that Eurasian nation in 1990.
At the event, which was attended by members of the island’s diplomatic corps and government officials, ICAP President Fernando Gonzalez said the two countries are becoming increasingly united, despite their geographical distance.
We share the joy of demonstrating excellent relations, based on the friendship of two peoples and honored throughout history by many people, ICAP president added.
Gonzalez also recalled both governments have an important exchange, with dialogues at the highest level, as well as economic agreements which favor trade relations.
Cuba considers the ties with Russia to be especially important in several areas, since they are strategic for national development, he stated.
The President of ICAP also took the opportunity to acknowledge the work done for 10 years by the Russian Ambassador to Cuba, Mikhail Kamynin, to strengthen bilateral ties.
Kamynin, who will soon conclude his diplomatic mission on the island, said relations between the two countries are now at their best, after several years of steady growth.
Cuba is a strategic partner of Russia and I can affirm Moscow will continue with the line of cooperation, the ambassador declared.
‘My country’-the ambassador added- ‘will always support Cuba in condemning the economic blockade imposed by the United States, as well as in demanding the return of the territory occupied by that nation in Guantánamo (southeastern Cuba).’
During the ceremony, Kamynin proclaimed himself an admirer of the strength of the Cuban people and the defense of their values.
At the event there was also Brigadier General Arnaldo Tamayo, the first Latin American to fly into space, as part of the Soyuz 38 mission and together with Soviet Yuri V. Romanenko.
According to Tamayo, also president of the Cuban-Russian Parliamentary Friendship Group, cooperation between the two nations is not only in the areas of politics and economics, but also in science and technology.
On the occasion of Russian Day, from the 13th to the 15th of this month, several activities will take place in Havana, including lectures on the Russian presence on the island, the language and community of that country in Cuba today, a numismatic exhibition and a concert.