Putin shows monument to Castro: “Legendary personality”

While Russia’s relations with many major economies are on hold because of the Ukraine war, the socialist Caribbean state of Cuba is receiving a special honor in Moscow. Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin today unveiled a three meter high bronze monument to the Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in the presence of Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Fidel Castro statue in Moscow

Reuters/Moscow News Agency

Castro, who died in 2016, was “one of the brightest and most charismatic leaders of the stormy and dramatic 20th century,” Putin said, according to the Interfax agency. “A truly legendary personality.”

In their last conversation in 2014, Castro emphasized that every people has the “right to free development and to choose their own path” and that “in a truly just world there is no place for coercion, robbery and neo-colonialism,” said Putin.

Russia major donor to Cuba

Almost nine months ago, Russia launched a war of aggression against neighboring Ukraine. Putin denied Ukraine’s historical sovereignty. For the heavily indebted Caribbean island of Cuba, Russia is one of the closest allies and most important donors. The Kremlin described Cuba, which has not condemned Russia’s Ukraine war, as a “very important partner”.

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