Russia will strengthen its strategic cooperation with Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua in “all spheres,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday during a speech in the Russian Parliament.
“As for Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, we have very close relations and strategic cooperation in all spheres: in economy, culture, education and military-technical cooperation,” the head of Russian diplomacy said.
Lavrov noted that during recent talks with the dictators of the three countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to further strengthen ties with Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
Two weeks ago, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Riabkov neither ruled out nor confirmed an eventual deployment of Russian military infrastructure in Cuba and Venezuela.
“During recent telephone conversations between President Putin and his colleagues from these three states that are close friends of ours, ways to deepen our strategic partnership in all areas without exception were studied,” Lavrov said today.
The Venezuelan dictator, Nicolas Maduro, had a telephone call with his Russian counterpart last Thursday in which he conveyed his rejection “of the campaigns of provocations and manipulations against Russia,” according to the Caribbean country’s Foreign Ministry.
Putin had a conversation with Cuba’s Miguel Díaz-Canel on Monday, in the midst of increased tensions with the United States.