An intensive and
President Raúl Castro,
describing his activities in
the Russian Federation
MOSCOW.—"This has been an intensive
and very useful working visit," confirmed President
Raúl Castro Ruz, during his meeting with Russian
President Vladimir Putin at the end of a working
visit to this country.
Raúl with President Vladimir
who conveyed his greetings to Fidel.
The Cuban President also met with
Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev.
Raúl places a wreath
at the Tomb
of the Unknown Soldier.
Welcoming Raúl at the Novo Ogoriovo
Presidential House in the capital, President Putin
recalled that the two countries recently celebrated
110 years of diplomatic relations, in which they
have both experienced different circumstances.
"Cuba is not just an ally, but also
a good friend," the Russian leader emphasized.
"Our relations today are more
pragmatic, but we are going to put to good use
everything positive that we have accumulated through
now," he stated, while expressing his desire to
discuss all the areas and direction of existing
Finally, he asked the Cuban
President to convey greetings to Fidel Castro, "a
great friend," on his behalf.
Raúl affirmed his satisfaction and
pride at once again being in Russia.
"For various reasons, we are living
in a highly complex world and it is only right that,
in the light of new situations, we review issues
covered in the 2009 visit," Raúl commented.
Previous to his meeting with the
Russian President, the Cuban leader met with Dmitri
Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation,
with whom he discussed different aspects of Russian-Cuban
cooperation and international and bilateral issues.
"I believe that in recent years we have succeeded in
further strengthening our relations," he affirmed.
He also commented on the impact of
the international economic and financial situation
and stressed the importance of using existing
potential in the two countries to further promote
In the morning of July 11, President
Raúl Castro met with Army General Nikolai Patrushev,
Secretary of the Russian Federation Security Council.
HONOR AND REMEMBRANCE
Also in the morning of July 11, Raúl
went to Red Square – one of Russia’s most emblematic
sites – to honor those who died in the Great
Patriotic War (World War II), placing a wreath at
the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in a simple but
Shortly afterward, Raúl and his
accompanying delegation moved on to the Lenin
Mausoleum. In solemn silence, another wreath was
placed at its entrance, before a tour of the
interior and a respectful halt in the salon where
the great thinker and revolutionary leader Vladimir
Ilich Lenin is laid to rest.
The Cuban leader also visited the
wall containing the tombs of different Russian
heroes and figures, to honor their memory.