7 Jun 2023 15:01

Cuban PM supports strengthening relations with Russia amid sanctions

SOCHI. June 7 (Interfax) - Cuba, which has also been subject to U.S. sanctions, condemns the restrictions imposed by the United States on Russia, Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz said at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Mikhail Mishustin.

"I think that today, when our adversaries are trying to establish their total hegemony across the world, is the best moment for us to continue work to make our relations even stronger," the Cuban prime minister said.

The U.S. continues to enforce sanctions against Havana, he said, adding that 243 sanctions have been introduced against Cuba.

"And we see today how many sanctions the West is enforcing against Russia. I want to declare that our government fully condemns these unfair sanctions against Russia," Cruz said.

Cuba also condemns the West's efforts to bar Russia from participating in different international forums, he said.

"This is nothing other than Russophobia. The main goal is to discredit everything that is related to Russia," he added.

Following the business forum in Havana, the U.S. launched an information campaign of accusations targeting Cuba, Cruz said.

"And we understand that strengthening relations between our two countries is the right path," the prime minister said.

Havana and Moscow are taking steps to raise their economic and commercial ties to the level at which their political relations are today, he said.

"We are very pleased with the results of the work by the latest intergovernmental commission, which met in Havana. More than 30 contracts were signed during the entrepreneurs' forum and at the commission's meeting, and a very important agreement will be signed during this visit," the Cuban prime minister said.

Havana and Moscow share historical ties, which have never been interrupted, he said.

"Our people feel the most profound respect for your people," Cruz said.

The prime minister also extended his gratitude for granting Cuba observer status at the Eurasian Economic Union, in which Havana sees vast opportunities.