3 Oct 2019 14:54

Russian PM Medvedev arrives in Havana

HAVANA. Oct 3 (Interfax) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has arrived in Cuba where he will hold talks with the leadership of this country and visit the Boca de Jaruco oil deposit.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla greeted Medvedev at the airport.

In Cuba, Medvedev is expected to meet with Chairman of the State Council and the Council of Ministers of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez and First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba Raul Castro.

The sides also plan to sign a series of bilateral intergovernmental and interagency agreements and commercial contracts.

In addition, the Russian Prime Minister is expected to attend a ceremony at which the Russian company Zarubezhneft will start to drill a horizontal sidetrack well at the Boca de Jaruco field.

Medvedev also plans to visit the University of Havana, the Jose Marti Memorial and El Capitolio, or the National Capitol Building, in Havana.

Medvedev last visited Cuba 11 years ago, in November 2008, when he was president of Russia. Diaz-Canel paid an official visit to Moscow in November 2018 for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Medvedev.