HAVANA/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lambasted the Trump administration on Thursday for trying to create a “toxic atmosphere” around Cuba, during a two-day trip to the island demonstrating Russia’s support for its Communist government. Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel and Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev review an honour guard during a ceremony at the Revolution Palace in Havana, Cuba, October 3, 2019. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini The former Soviet Union was Cuba’s main backer for decades and Moscow has sought to renew its commercial, military and political ties with the island in recent years. The effort is part of Russia’s broader strategy to expand its presence in Latin America as a counterweight to China and the United States. While Russia’s support for Cuba is insignificant compared to the role the Soviet Union once played, it is still welcome as the island’s economy is suffering from a tightening of the decades-old U.S. trade embargo and a steep decline in Venezuelan aid. Medvedev’s visit – the highest profile Russian tour since that of President Vladimir Putin in 2014 – is also symbolically important, showing Cuba has still has powerful allies that will help it resist U.S. pressure. “(The U.S.) desire to create… Read full this story
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