Russian-Cuban week of IPACS on the Havana TV channel

December 29, 2022

The historical governmental relations between Russia and Cuba were the topic of discussion during the Russian-Cuban week, which lasted from December 12th to 15th, within which the opening ceremony “Modern trends in the development of humanitarian cooperation in the field of education, science and culture” and 4 expert discussions were held. The event was covered by Havana TV channel and received extensive media coverage in Cuba.

With the motto “Russia and Cuba – together forever” throughout the expert week, the interest of both countries to deepen and maintain historical bilateral ties in education, science, economy and culture, was noted. In news story of the Havana TV channel, the Cuban colleagues noted the high level of organization of the event and expressed their hope for further fruitful cooperation.

Top officials of the Republic of Cuba spoke online, including Mercedes Delgado Fernandez, rector of the Higher School of State and Government Personnel of Cuba, Julio Antonio Garmendia Peña, ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba to the Russian Federation, Antonio Caricarte, president of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce.

“Historical relations between Russia and Cuba this week are considered in the context of not only sectoral interaction, but also from the standpoint of a joint historical retrospective of interaction between the two states… With special pride and joy, I open the Russian-Cuban week, which will feature more than 40 speakers – top officials and experts on topics of expert discussions”, – said Mercedes Delgado Fernandez as part of her welcoming speech.

The Russian side was represented by Dmitry Anatolyevich Butashin, vice-rector of the RANEPA, Sergey Alexandrovich Oboznov, Counselor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Cuba, Sergey Sergeevich Tikhonov, first secretary of the Latin American Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, other senior officials of ministries, departments, organizations involved in cooperation with Cuba, Ruslan Nikolaevich Korchagin, acting director of the IPACS RANEPA and invited experts.

Also in the report were the words of the following speakers.

In his speech, Julio Antonio Garmendia Peña noted that 2022 became the basis for strengthening Russian-Cuban relations, this year the President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, visited the Russian Federation, which was an important event in 2022.

Sergei Alexandrovich Oboznov noted that the topic of discussion of strategic relations between Russia and Cuba is relevant against the backdrop of the context and totality of today’s events in the world.

Sergey Sergeevich Tikhonov noted that Russia and Cuba are united by common political views and the struggle against current world problems, the interaction of experts at this level will allow us to analyze this issue and find common ways to solve these problems.

At the end of the news story, the Cuban side expressed confidence that the strategic Russian-Cuban cooperation would produce a synergistic effect in total, which is especially important in the context of the current geopolitical situation. The Cuban partners noted that Russia is one of the key partners on the world stage. Without a doubt, the exchange of experience of specialists of such a high level will make it possible to find joint solutions in the context of the current geopolitical situation in science, culture and education.

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