Russia will strengthen its strategic cooperation with Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua in “all areas” including technical-military, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared on Wednesday during a speech in the Russian Parliament, agencies report.
“As for Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, we have very close relations and strategic cooperation in all areas: in the economy, culture, education and military-technical cooperation,” said the head of Russian diplomacy.
Lavrov pointed out that during recent talks with the leaders of the three countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to further strengthen ties with Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, says EFE.
Two weeks ago, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Riabkov, did not rule out or confirm a possible deployment of Russian military infrastructure in Cuba and Venezuela.
“”During President Putin’s recent telephone conversations with his colleagues from these three states that are very close and friendly to us, they agreed to examine new ways to deepen our strategic partnership in all areas without exception”, intervening in the State Duma (Lower House of the Russian Parliament). “Lavrov said today.
The Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, held a telephone call last Thursday with his Russian counterpart in which he conveyed his rejection “to the campaigns of provocations and manipulations against Russia,” according to the Foreign Ministry of the Caribbean country.
With the Cuban leader, Miguel Díaz-Canel, Putin spoke on Monday, amid increased tensions with the United States.
The leaders discussed bilateral cooperation, including the help in the fight against covid-19 that Moscow provides to Havana.
This Tuesday, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, denied that Putin and Díaz-Canel spoke of the increase in military-technical cooperation and the establishment of Russian bases on the island.