Cuba, Russia to Boost Military Cooperation

Saturday, February 14, 2015
From Xinhua:

Cuba, Russia vow to further boost military cooperation

Cuban President Raul Castro held talks here Friday with visiting Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, with both sides expressing readiness to further strengthening military-technical cooperation between their two countries.

During the talks, Castro and Shoigu reviewed "the historical ties linking the two nations and ratified the willingness to continue strengthening the collaboration bonds," according to a press release issued by the Cuban government.

Besides the Russian delegation led by Shoigu, the talks were also attended by Cuban Defense Minister Leopoldo Cintra Frias and senior officers of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces.

Shoigu started the official visit to Cuba on Friday. Before the talks, Shoigu laid a wreath at the Cacahual Mausoleum outside Havana holding the remains of the independence war hero Antonio Maceo (1845-1896).

It is Shoigu's first visit to Cuba since his appointment as the defense chief by President Vladimir Putin. His agenda also includes visit to military units, according to local media.