Russia, Cuba Deepen Intelligence-Sharing Links

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Raul's dauphin and Deputy Minister of the Interior, Col. Alejandro Castro Espin, was in Moscow this week to deepen intelligence-sharing links and confirm Cuba's support for Russian aggression in Ukraine.

From VOA:

Russia, Cuba Agree on Security Cooperation

Russia’s Security Council and Cuba’s Commission for National Security and Defense have signed a memorandum on cooperation and agreed to establish a joint working group, the secretary of the Russian Security Council said Wednesday.

“The situation in the world is changing fast and it is dynamic. That’s why we will need the ability to react to it promptly,” Nikolai Patrushev said.

A Cuban delegation led by Col. Alejandro Castro Espin arrived in Moscow on Tuesday and held a meeting with the leaders of the Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Russia’s primary external intelligence agency.

The delegation is also scheduled to meet with representatives from the Federal Security Service (FSB), the principal security agency of the Russian Federation and the main successor agency to the Soviet Union’s Committee of State Security, or KGB.

“Russia and Cuba need an effective cooperation tool to respond to sensitive issues. The memorandum may define priorities for cooperation to ensure effective security of both states,” said Castro Espin, who is Cuban leader Raul Castro's son.

Patruschev has been linked in recent years to the rapprochement between Moscow and Havana. In the 1970s, he worked with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the KGB.