Cuban President Raul Castro, left, and Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel attend the opening of a legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, on July 6, 2013. (Photo: Ismael Francisco, AP)
Cuban President Raul Castro, left, and Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel attend the opening of a legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, on July 6, 2013. (Photo: Ismael Francisco, AP)

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday met with visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev as he kicked off a two-day official visit to the Caribbean island.

Medvedev was welcomed at a formal ceremony at the headquarters of the Council of State, where he spoke with the Cuban leader.

Medvedev’s visit is aimed at strengthening Cuba-Russia ties. The two countries are scheduled to sign several bilateral and inter-institutional agreements, as well as commercial contracts.

Cuba and Russia have been close allies since the Cold War era. Ties lapsed somewhat following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, but strengthened again in the 2000s. Enditem

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