Cuba: Russia sends aid to communist nation after protests

Cuba: Russia sends aid to communist nation after protests


The Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday that it had sent nearly 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Cuba. This came after unprecedented street protests against Cuba’s worst economic crisis in decades. The Russian Defense Ministry said the aid was sent on the direct orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Read more on Cuba: Russia sends aid to communist nation after protests…


The Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday that it had sent nearly 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Cuba. This came after unprecedented street protests against Cuba’s worst economic crisis in decades. The Russian Defense Ministry said the aid was sent on the direct orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Two An-124 cargo planes carrying more than 88 tons of humanitarian aid took off from a military airport near Moscow, a statement said.

The cargo included “food, personal protective equipment and more than a million medical masks,” it said.

The US this week imposed sanctions on Cuba’s defense minister for quelling peaceful protests. Sanctions were also imposed on a special unit.

President Joe Biden warned the move was “just the beginning” of punitive measures against Havana.

On July 11th and 12th, thousands of Cubans took to the streets in 40 cities and shouted “Freedom”, “Down with the dictatorship” and “We are hungry”.

One person has died and more than 100 have been arrested since the protests began.

Russia warned against any “outside interference” in Cuba, a key Cold War ally, earlier this month.

(With contributions from agencies)

.

COMMENTS