Two cargo planes with about 90 tons of humanitarian aid donated by Russia to Cuba have landed this Sunday at the airport in the capital, Havana, as confirmed by the Cuban authorities, who have expressed their gratitude to Moscow.
The aircraft are carrying wheat flour, one million surgical masks, cans of canned meat and sunflower oil, as indicated by officials from the Russian Embassy in Cuba cited by the Russian news agency Sputnik.
“I am grateful for the sending of humanitarian aid from the Government of the Russian Federation, a symbol of the excellent relations of friendship and solidarity that unite our brother countries,” said Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, through his account on the social network Twitter.
Likewise, the head of the Cuban Internal Trade portfolio, Betsy Díaz Velázquez, thanked Moscow and highlighted that the island is going through a complex situation of shortages due to the blockade imposed by the United States, according to the Cuban newspaper ‘Granma’.
For his part, the Russian ambassador to Cuba, Andrei Guskov, stressed that aid “reaches the island of freedom when it is in a complex situation, facing the consequences of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States, and also to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic “.
Guskov has highlighted that the Russian Embassy in Havana works in coordination with the Cuban authorities to find out the needs for medicines and has pointed out that in the coming days new shipments with these goods will be made from the Eurasian country.
The Cuban Ministry of Health confirmed 8,853 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, the highest number since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. The island has also been the scene of anti-government protests in recent days due to the economic crisis and sanitary.