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Cuba accused the USA of instigation2008-11-12 17:08
"From the very first moment our country criticized the Georgian aggression. We confer all responsibility on the government of the USA that forced Georgia to a military action against South Ossetia, - the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the isle of freedom Felipe Pérez Roque stated.
The visit of Cuba's official to Moscow may justly be called a reconnaissance in force that ended in a complete success. The head of the Cuban Foreign Office met with President Medvedev and his colleague Lavrov and stated exactly the following: his country is willing to lobby Moscow's interests in the Caribbean basin.
"We highly esteem the growing interest of Great Russia to Latin America. Russia's active policy coincides with the period when the majority of governments that came to power in the region champion the national sovereignty of Latin America. The presence of Russia will contribute to the strengthening of their independence and creation of a multi-polar world, - the Minister stated at the meeting with Sergey Lavrov.
On arriving in Moscow on November 10 Pérez Roque plunged into heavy activity. He met with Dmitry Medvedev, Sergey Lavrov, Vladimir Putin and a whole lot of lower-rank government officials.
"There is an active political dialogue and a high level of commonality on major issues - the Cuban admitted. - All we do today in the spheres of economy, trade and tourism is just the starting point."
He also added that Cuba was ready to support Russia in everything as it was during the conflict in the Caucasus. However it was specified that the question of recognition of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence had not been discussed yet. In other words, for the time being everything remains at a level of Raul Castro's speeches who repeatedly declared this very support.
Lately the relationships with formerly brotherly state have left much to be desired. The collapse of the USSR was almost a catastrophe for the island. The Soviet Union provided for 85% of its foreign trade turnover. And the Russian democracy lost any interest in Cuba. At that time the economic niches there were occupied by businessmen from other countries. As a result the goods turnover of Havana with Moscow fell from the first position in Soviet times to the tenth.
At the beginning of 2002 the Russian radiolocation station in Havana suburb Lurdes was shut down. Cuba opposed the decision of the Russian military management as actively as it could. But nevertheless the station was closed down. Russia itself abandoned its "pearl of Intelligence service" and the isle of freedom lost 200 mln US dollars of the annual rent.
Very soon it emerged that the line of arms cut taken by Russia did not prove efficient. It turned out that the dismantling of Russia's locator in Lurdes was responded by American AMD in Europe. It seems that the main intelligence directorate of the Russian General Staff, Federal Security Service of Russia and Federal Agency for Government Communications and Information still regret that fact tremendously. Maybe the station's unique equipment that is now rusting in the warehouses near Moscow will return under the palms of Havana. At the meeting of the Head of the Cuban Foreign Office with Lavrov it was confirmed that military and technical cooperation must be revived. And not only that.
"We are interested in participation of Russian companies in oilfield development and onshore and deep-water oil processing, - Pérez Roque stated.