The Kremlin comes to the rescue of the Cuban dictatorship again: sends another aid shipment

The Kremlin comes to the rescue of the Cuban dictatorship again: sends another aid shipment
Russian plane arrives in Havana (Russian Embassy in Cuba / @EmbRusCuba / Archive)

A plane carrying humanitarian aid from Russia arrived in Cuba on Thursday, second in less than a month, for Reducing the shortage of supply The island is suffering amid the worst wave of COVID-19 infections.

shipment 41.5 tons of food He was received by the Vice President of the island at the international airport in Havana, Salvador Valdes MesaMinister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Alvaro Lopez Miera, according to the state agency latin press.

This is the second donation by the Russian government to the island, after the first donation of 88 tons of food, personal protective equipment and more than a million masks. Arrived on July 26th.

Cuba and Russia gave impetus to their bilateral relations to re-establish the close cooperation they had maintained before the demise of the Soviet Union (Soviet Union) in 1991.

Both countries have been involved in recent years New economic cooperation agreements NS In 2014, Russia canceled 90% of the island’s $35.3 billion debt.

A group of young people chant slogans against the Cuban dictatorship in Havana (Reuters / Alexandre Menegini / Archive)
A group of young people chant slogans against the Cuban dictatorship in Havana (Reuters / Alexandre Menegini / Archive)

In recent weeks, countries such as Mexico, Bolivia, China, Venezuela, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Canada and solidarity organizations from the United States have also sent food, equipment and medical supplies to the Caribbean island to help mitigate the complex epidemic scenario.

This aid comes when Cuba suffers from a Economic crisis and severe shortage of essential products and medicines, now exacerbated by COVID-19, which generated a growing anxiety that erupted on July 11 in a series of citizen protests on the island.

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The peak of COVID-19 affecting Cuba currently has produced reports of 8,000 to more than 9,000 daily infections, large numbers of deaths and at this time more than 44,000 active patients admitted to their health centers and into their homes, placing the country as the number one infection in America Latin.

Experts noted that among the causes of the outbreak are “epidemic exhaustion” with a consequent decrease in risk perception, crowds caused by food shortages or the circulation of new variants with greater transmissibility, such as delta.

(With information from EFE)

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