Lavrov to visit Havana on Tuesday

 havana-live-lavrovHAVANA, 23., Mar. (Sputnik) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is due to meet his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla during the former’s visit to the Caribbean island on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “The visit will take place ahead of May 8 which will mark 55 years since diplomatic ties between our countries were reestablished,” the ministry’s statement said.
The two countries are preparing for the next session of an intergovernmental commission on economic and technological cooperation to be held in the Russian city of Kazan next month. Russia and Cuba are currently developing projects in energy production, biotechnology, civil aviation and space exploration, among other things, the foreign ministry added.

Cuba, Russia and the United Arab Emirates are also currently discussing the possibility of creating a major international airport in Cuba. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s press release also called on the United States to lift the trade embargo on Cuba first imposed in the 1960s. “Russia welcomes the beginning of the process of normalizing the Cuba-United States relations.

The steps that the United States and Cuba have taken, aimed at normalizing the bilateral dialogue, serve the interests of both countries and the international security in general,” the ministry’s statements read.
Last week, Foreign Minister Lavrov said that the warming relations between Cuba and the United States did not affect Russia’s strategic partnership with the Caribbean nation.

Meanwhile, EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will visit the Cuban capital of Havana March 23–24 to discuss EU-Cuba cooperation. Mogherini is the first EU top diplomat to visit Cuba after nearly a year of talks between the two sides. Cuba and the EU opened negotiations on a Political Dialogue and Cooperation agreement in April 2014.