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Video: Cuban Foreign Minister Rodriguez thanks Russia for Solidarity

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held an official meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez who expressed gratitude to his Russian counterpart for Russia’s “solidarity” with Cuba in Moscow on Monday. 

“We are grateful for your solidarity with us fighting the blockade, which is tightening,” he said, referring to the US embargo against Cuba. 

He also expressed sympathy with Russia for the “measures and various sanctions which are being applied against Russia unilaterally and unfairly.”

The top diplomats met to discuss the most pressing regional issues, including the situation in Venezuela and the U.S. presence in the region. Both sides will sign a joint action plan for consultations.



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By Hugo Chavez

One of the most important Latin American leaders of the twenty-first century, Hugo Chávez was a military officer who became a left-wing revolutionary. This book tells the story of his life until the moment he was elected President in 1998. His energy and charisma shine throughout the riveting and historically important story of his early years, describing how he slowly uncovered the reality of his country – hugely unequal, with the majority of its citizens living in indescribably impoverished conditions – and decided that he had to do something about it. Among other things, it is a fascinating account of his long-planned military conspiracy – the most significant in the history of Venezuela and perhaps of Latin America – that led up to his unsuccessful coup of 1992, and eventually to his popular electoral victory in 1998. His collaborator on this book is Ignacio Ramonet, the famous left-wing French journalist (and Editor for many years of Le Monde Diplomatique), who undertook a similar task with Fidel Castro, My Life.

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