Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Confirms Support for Cuba and Venezuela

Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov has confirmed his government's support for Cuba and Venezuela.

On Wednesday, Lavrov participated in a meeting with students of the Latin America and Caribbean Group at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Participants in the meeting included Russian citizens, who have been assigned to high ranking positions in foreign service such as ambassadors, counselors, envoys and consuls general.

Referring to the recent visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to Cuba, Minister Lavrov said the Russian stance against the U.S. blockade on Cuba remains the same and demanding the immediate lifting of the U.S. punitive, coercive policy towards its neighboring Caribbean state.

On Venezuela, Lavrov said Russian authorities are watching closely the situation in the South American country, arguing that foreign actors are fueling internal tensions.

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Historical Legacy of Fidel Castro will Mark youth Congress in Havana

The analysis of work with youths done by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, will focus the 2nd Congress of Research on Youth, confirmed here Susel Morfa, second secretary of the Union of Young Communists (UJC).

The workshop "Fidel and policies for youths" will be at the epic moments of the meeting, as the event will deal with his actions, not only to guarantee educational and cultural development of children and youths, but also to consolidate their values and principles, said Morfa in exclusive to Prensa Latina.

The youth leader added that the meeting to take place from March 29 to April 2 at the capital’s Convention Palace, also will be dedicated to Fidel’s 90th birthday. She also said the event will allow local delegates to share their experiences and conrtributions to the consolidation of the Revolution, the socialist system and present economic transformations that are being developed here.

This is the second occasion that the event takes place, in which youths of several countries speak on themes focused from the perspective of children and adolescents.

During the Congress, the delegates will participate through panels, posters and free tribunes and there will be three sessions of debate, conducted by experts on subjects such as “Youth Policies in the 21st Century”; Youth and social participation and Youths and the use of information and communication technologies.

These papers, stressed Morfa, will support the National Bureau of the UJC which will distribute them through the National Network of Research on Youth, with the objective of improving its work, identify the problems and debate the initiatives and proposals of youths.

The 2nd International Congress of Researchers on Youth is a part of the activities on occasion of the 54th anniversary of the UJC that is commemorated the 4th of April.

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Obama: We are here to extend a hand of friendship

¨We are here to extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people, ¨ said Barack Obama, President of the United States, during a speech broadcasted live on Cuban TV from the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater of Havana.

The US president addressed the Cuban civil society with the presence of his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro, along First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and several other Cuban top officials.

Obama started his speech by citing in perfect Spanish a verse of Cuba´s National Hero Jose Marti, ¨cultivo una rosa blanca¨ which he use to offer a peace greeting to Cubans.

We are here to bury the last vestige of the Cold War, of that era of conflicts between the US and Cuba, said Obama when acknowledging the contradictions between the two countries for over 50 years.

¨Our differences are real and important,¨ he said before listing the cultural values between shared by the two societies, and common points in History, religion and sports

We are like brothers that have been estranged for a long time though we share the same blood, he said.

It is time to lift the embargo, was his plead to the US Congress, because it is an obsolete burden to the Cuban people

He said that isolation policy doesn't make any sense in the 21st century, while adding that the US ¨doesn't have either the capacity or the intention to impose changes in Cuba¨

He encouraged Cubans to work hard, put their talents into it, to build a better future for their children. He added that broader access to internet will enable Cubans to take full advantage of the technological potential the web offers

We should not fear change, but embrace it, he said when stressing the importance of the process towards the normalization of relations between Cuba and the US, and reiterated his willingness to look into the future ¨with hope and respecting differences¨

He praised the quality of the health and education systems as well as the changes taking place in Cuba as part of its process of updating its economic model.

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Havana Taken by the British ... again

Havana.- In 1762, British troops occupied Havana for 11 months. Now, 254 years later, another invasion is about to happen but this time it will be a musical conquest by the legendary rock band The Rolling Stones.

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