Cuba opposes NATO “expansion” towards Russian borders


Cuba expressed on Saturday its energetic rejection of Washington’s “propaganda hysteria” against Russia and NATO’s “expansion” towards its borders, in the midst of the current crisis with Ukraine, during an official visit by Russian Vice President Yuri Borisov.

“We strongly reject the propaganda and communication hysteria unleashed by the United States government against Russia and we firmly oppose the expansion of NATO to the borders of that brother country,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said on Twitter on Saturday.

On Friday night, the deputy prime minister, Ricardo Cabrisas, stated in a statement “the Cuban position contrary to the unilateral and unjust sanctions imposed by the West on the Eurasian country” and to the expansion of NATO.

Cabrisas offered his solidarity for “the constant campaigns of disinformation and propaganda war” by the United States against Moscow.

Cabrisas and Borísov agreed to “continue expanding bilateral collaboration in all spheres” between their nations, especially in “areas of transportation, energy, industry and the financial banking sphere,” the foreign ministry statement said.

Borisov’s visit is a “continuation of the telephone conversation held on January 24 between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Miguel Díaz-Canel”, when both leaders addressed the strengthening of the “strategic association” between Moscow and Havana.

Cabrisas thanked “the permanent support and solidarity of the Russian Federation” with Cuba in the covid-19 pandemic, with the sending of five flights with humanitarian aid and a ship loaded with wheat that is on its way.

In the context of the visit, senior officials from the foreign ministries discussed cooperation in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering.

They declared themselves in favor of “multilateralism and international cooperation as a solution to global challenges, as well as in defense of International Law and the Charter of the United Nations.”

Borísov arrived in Cuba from Nicaragua and Venezuela, other allies of Moscow in the region.

This is the second visit to Cuba by Borísov, a general who was deputy defense minister before holding the current position of deputy prime minister.

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