Russia’s Defense Ministry has sent two planes loaded with aid to its long-time partner Cuba, which has been reeling from the cracking US embargo and hostile protests coupled with food and medicine shortages.
Two Cuba-bound Antonov-124 large cargo planes carrying food, protective gear, and more than a million masks have taken off from Chkalovsky Air Base, said the Russian Defense Ministry this weekend.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken with his Cuban counterpart, Miguel Diaz-Canel, several times by phone in recent months. The leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation against Covid-19.
Cuba, a nation of 11.3 million that is living under US economic sanctions, has the highest Covid-19 infection rate per capita in Latin America, according to Reuters. The country’s Health Ministry registered 7,784 new cases on Friday, raising the total to 316,383.
Overall, 2,203 people have died from the virus in Cuba since the start of the pandemic.
This month, food and medicine shortages sparked the biggest protests Cuba has seen in decades, with attendees denouncing the government’s handling of the Corona-virus crisis and the current political system. There have been pro-government rallies as well.
Batista suspended the 1940 Constitution and revoked most political liberties. As such, Batista’s repressive government then began to systematically profit from the exploitation of Cuba’s commercial interests.
By negotiating lucrative relationships both with the American Mafia, who controlled the drug, gambling, and prostitution businesses in Havana, and with large US-based multinational companies. who were awarded lucrative contracts.
The US regime made a similar mess in Haïti, turning a developing country that was exporting rice into a chaotic mess of unemployment, disease and crime.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.