Russia and Mexico Send Aid to Cuba
The Cuban ambassador to Russia, Julio Garmendía, thanked President Vladimir Putin for his decision to immediately send two planes to Cuba with aid, especially food and means of protection against COVID-19.
“This decision reflects once again the very high level of the historical relations between our countries, the fraternal relations that exist between our peoples and governments,” the ambassador told Prensa Latina.
The Russian Defense Ministry reported July 24 that two military transport planes with 88 tons of humanitarian assistance left from the Chkalovsky airfield, near Moscow, for Cuba.
On behalf of the President of the Russian Federation, the An-124 Ruslan aircraft are delivering aid to the Republic of Cuba, the note from the ministry said. The cargo includes food, personal protective equipment and more than a million medical masks.
Mexico will send two navy ships loaded with food and medical supplies to Cuba, the foreign ministry said on July 22, after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador blamed the U.S. embargo for fomenting the biggest unrest in Cuba in decades.
The ships leave the port of Veracruz in the Gulf of Mexico today, July 25, taking syringes, oxygen tanks and masks along with powdered milk, cans of tuna, beans, flour, cooking oil and gasoline.
A statement of the Mexican foreign ministry said that the shipments exemplify Mexico’s policy of “international solidarity” and that it will keep offering humanitarian aid to help Latin American and Caribbean countries tackle the coronavirus pandemic.