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HAVANA — Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday condemned U.S. sanctions in opposition to Cuba as he visited the island over the past leg of a Latin American tour that took him to Brazil, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Lavrov met along with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodríguez, kicking off the go to by collaborating in a wreath-laying ceremony at a memorial in Havana for Cuban independence hero José Martí.

Throughout his go to to the island nation, which for many years was a staunch Moscow ally, Lavrov condemned the American financial sanctions on Cuba, and blasted the U.S. for looking for to impose “its will on the world,” in accordance with a dispatch on the state media outlet Cubadebate.

Rodríguez, for his half, rejected what he referred to as the “expansionist aspirations” of NATO and the sanctions imposed on Russia.

Lavrov was anticipated to satisfy later at present with lately reelected President Miguel Díaz-Canel.

Cuba has had an in depth relationship with Moscow because the Sixties, when it joined the bloc of socialist international locations led by the then Soviet Union, receiving many very important imports — fertilizers, industrial gear, spare elements and, above all, oil — in alternate for sugar.

Russia, together with Venezuela, is one in every of Cuba’s few suppliers of oil, sending an undetermined quantity to the island, which is present process a extreme vitality disaster.

Additionally, two weeks in the past, Cuban banks began to simply accept funds with MIR playing cards, a fee system in Russia that enables Russian vacationers to make money withdrawals and convert rubles to Cuban pesos.

MIR playing cards are accepted in different associate international locations of Russia, together with Turkey and Vietnam, and are operated by the state-owned Russian Nationwide Card Fee System.