Cubans remember the years of close and successful cooperation with the Soviet Union. And if middle-aged people sometimes call us out of habit “sovetikos”, the young people of all Russians calling it as “rusos. Cuba imported from the Soviet Union more than 700 items of goods (about 80% of turnover). With the assistance of the Soviet Union, the island was built more than 100 large industrial enterprises, hundreds of medium and small. Huge number of people older study Russian language in schools and universities on the island, hundreds of thousands of Cubans have studied or interned with us.
And after a bilateral contacts in 2008 are all talking about the “new phase”, “revival Russian-Cuban relations. ” The most breakthrough began in October and November. On October 17 in Havana began Russian Days in Latin America, and October 19, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad (now Patriarch ROC) consecrated built in the heart of Havana’s Russian Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. Then, at the end of the next visit of Igor Sechin, was signed nine agreements. Almost simultaneously with these negotiations, Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, was accepted by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev. November 27 flew to Cuba, President Dmitry Medvedev, who finished in Havana, his 6 day tour of Latin America. Dmitry Medvedev and Raul Castro held talks hour and a half in ‘one on one. ” The main themes were the issues of cooperation in hydrocarbon production and processing, and nickel.