The government of the Russian Federation delivered today, in this capital, a donation of 19,526 metric tons of wheat, valued at more than six million dollars, to support the plan for the prevention and control of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The delivery ceremony was presided over by Andrei A. Guskov, Cuban Ambassador to Cuba, and Cuban First Deputy Ministers Lázara Mercedes López Acea, of the Food Industry, and Ana Teresita González Fraga, of Foreign Trade and Investment, and other officials.

The Russian diplomat stressed his government’s intention to continue offering aid to the island, even when the complex international scenario, the tightening of the US blockade and the coercive measures against Russia attempt to weaken the strategic partnership relations between the two countries.

Guskov alluded to the shipments that have been sent to Cuba in previous months, such as the five planes from Moscow that arrived in January with 83 tonnes of drugs to support public health, and other aircraft that landed with 170 tonnes of food, medical supplies and equipment to save human lives.

López Acea, for his part, recalled the brotherhood that unites the two countries, even though the current context presents challenges marked by the world economic crisis, due to the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the US government against Cuba.

He expressed the country’s interest in continuing to strengthen bilateral and multibilateral cooperation relations based on solidarity, while thanking Russia and the World Food Programme for their support and selfless assistance to Cuba.

The two nations have maintained a historic relationship of brotherhood since the re-establishment of diplomatic ties promoted by Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz on May 8, 1960, a partnership that is being strengthened in areas such as energy, transport, information technology, telecommunications, public health and the pharmaceutical industry.