Weekly Report - 25 May 2023 (WR-23-21)

CUBA: Boosting ties with Russia

“A milestone in bilateral ties.” This was the response by Cuba’s deputy prime minister and foreign trade & investment minister, Ricardo Cabrisas, to a string of deals recently signed by Cuba and Russia during the visit to Havana of a high-level delegation from Moscow. The visit comes less than a month after Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov made a stopover in Cuba as part of a tour of Moscow’s allies in the region [WR-23-17]. Offering a potential lifeline to Cuba, amid ever worsening economic indicators, the prospect of closer cooperation between the two longtime political allies is unlikely to be welcomed by Washington, which has expanded sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. It could further complicate US-Cuba bilateral relations which remain tense but have seen movement over efforts to address illegal migration [WR-23-02]. 

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