Raúl meets President of Russian Federation Council

The first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, on November 16 received the president of the Federal Council of the Russian Federation’s Federal Assembly, Valentina Ivanovna Matvienko, who led her country’s delegation to celebrations for the 500th anniversary of Havana.

During the cordial meeting, both parties expressed satisfaction with the excellent state of bilateral relations shared by Russia and Cuba, highlighting the historical nature of these ties of friendship. They also discussed issues on the international agenda.

The distinguished visitor was accompanied by Andrei Guskov, ambassador of the Russian Federation in Cuba; Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Federal Council’s Committee on Foreign Relations; and Aleksandr Kramarenko, assistant to the Federal Council President.

First Deputy Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina González participated on the Cuban side, as well.

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Pelosi Says Trump Is 'In Her Wheelhouse' If He Tries to 'Intimidate' Whistleblower

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in an interview on CBS' "Face The Nation" on Sunday that US President Donald Trump is "in her wheelhouse'' if he tries to ''intimidate'' the whistleblower, the major ''witness'' in the ongoing impeachment probe against the president.

"I will make sure he does not intimidate the whistleblower. I told the president, "you're in my wheelhouse when you come after the whistleblower", Pelosi said.

Trump has numerous times requested the House Committee, publicly and on his Twitter, to disclose the identity of the so-called whistleblower, who alleged that during his 25 July conversation with Wolodymir Zelensky the president ''put pressure'' on his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate into potential corruption crimes involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son in Ukraine.

The whistleblower has preferred to act on the condition of anonymity, but it turned out later that the information he provided about the phone call was, in fact, "something he heard from somebody else".

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Hazard brothers shine as Belgium thump Russia 4-1

Belgium secured top spot in Euro 2020 qualifying Group I and stretched their perfect record to nine wins after two goals from Eden Hazard and one by his brother Thorgan inspired them to a sparkling 4-1 win in Russia on Saturday.

With one round of games remaining, Belgium have a maximum 27 points and second-placed Russia 21, both sides having booked their places at next year's 24-nation tournament.

Although there was only pride to play for, the game got off to a pacy start and Thorgan Hazard fired the visitors ahead with a superb 19th-minute goal when he side-stepped his marker and blasted an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

Eden Hazard made it 2-0 in the 33rd with another fine effort, volleying a low drive past Russia's Brazilian-born goalkeeper Guilherme after striker Romelu Lukaku headed a lofted pass into his captain's stride.

The livewire forward doubled his tally shortly before halftime from a brilliant move, with midfielder Kevin De Bruyne squaring the ball unselfishly for Hazard to stroke into an empty net from 12 metres.

Only poor finishing by Lukaku and two good saves by Guilherme denied the Belgians a bigger lead in the opening hour as Russia failed to create anything in front of a partisan home crowd.

Ruthless Belgium struck again in the 72nd minute as Lukaku made amends for his early miss, rifling a scorcher inside the near post from 16 metres with Guilherme clutching nothing but thin air.

Georgi Dzhikiya finally gave the subdued home fans something to cheer about when he swept home a close-range rebound in the 79th, but it was scant consolation for a crushing defeat by last year's World Cup semi-finalists.

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Russian delegation attends Havana's 500th anniversary celebrations

A delegation of the Russia-Cuba Friendship Society (SARC) is today in this capital to participate in the celebrations to mark the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana and the 55 years of the group.

President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), Fernando González, welcomed the delegation, headed by its President, Aleksei M. Lavrov, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation.

González highlighted the joint work between ICAP and SARC in the preparation of the 19th European Solidarity with Cuba Meeting, scheduled for July 2020 in Moscow.

For his part, Lavrov highlighted that his country has seen several festivals dedicated to the Cuban capital, and expressed satisfaction on being in Havana to celebrate its half millennium.

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Russian market grows in Cuban tourist winter season

Russian market is strengthened in the main tourist center of sun and beach in Cuba, Varadero, and an example is the growing flow of those customers at the hotel Iberostar Tainos, of the Gran Caribe chain, which is now at 96 percent occupancy, in the early days of the so-called high season of tourism.

Odesys Ponce, commercial specialist of the facility, told ACN that although the main issuing country of the resort continues being Canada, Russia currently emerges as a strong potential, from direct flights Moscow-Varadero by Juan Gualberto Gomez international airport.

They are mainly friend groups, families who come to enjoy their long holidays in a hotel that is distinguished by a high sense of belonging of its workers and the quality of services.

Russians as well as English, Argentines, Belgians, Germans, Mexicans, Peruvians, Chileans and Colombians choose this destination and many of them have even returned.

Located on the first line of the beach on Carretera Las Morlas, kilometer 12.5, with a four-star category, the hotel has 272 rooms, five bars, a main restaurant and two a la carte, children's mini-club, party room and swimming pool, open-air architecture, vegetation and Environmental Beach category, and it is an ideal place for families.

The Moscow-Varadero flight was opened last August 10 and every 10 days enters the aforementioned air terminal bringing more than 490 passengers to the Hicacos peninsula; it is operated by Coral Travel, through Meeting Point, under the representation of Cubatur travel agency.

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Russia says U.S. pullout from Syria looking more like permanent occupation

Moscow, November 7 (RHC)-- The long-anticipated U.S. pullout from Syria appears to have been postponed, with Pentagon sources claiming some 800 troops will stay behind to “guard” Syria’s oil, in a mission even pro-war U.S. politicians are calling “reckless.”

In Moscow, the Russian government slammed the illegal U.S. presence in Syria amid reports of new military bases being built in a northeastern oil-rich province.

U.S. troops will occupy a large area stretching 150 kilometers from Deir ez-Zor to al-Hasakah, the Trump administration announced earlier this week.  A total of about 800 troops will be stationed in the country, with some 600 in the Kurdish-controlled northeast plus the 200 currently garrisoned at al-Tanf in the south, anonymous administration officials told the Associated Press.

The decision appears to cancel out President Donald Trump’s promise made last month to bring home the 1,000 troops stationed in Syria, representing another triumph of the hawks in his administration over the president’s non-interventionist impulses.  Trump has repeatedly bragged “We’re keeping the oil.”

The U.S. is building two new military bases in Deir ez-Zor, according to Turkish media reports, indicating Trump is settling in for the long haul.  One base, near the town of Rmelan in al-Hasakah province, is reportedly situated near some 1,300 oil wells and fills up approximately 4 square kilometers.

Edited by Ed Newman
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More than 10 Russian companies take part in international trade fair opened in Havana

Russian Ambassador to Cuba Andrei Guskov and Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment Rodrigo Malmierca have officially opened the Russian pavilion at the 37th Havana International Fair, FIHAV 2019, where 12 Russian companies that are already working in Cuba and planning to do so alike will present themselves.

The Russian presentation zone particularly features Electrotechnical Group Ruselprom, heavy machinery company Chetra, transport company Polar Trans, transport and logistics service operator Nordline Logistics, software development company Sphera, RM Rail Russian Carriage Works, Russian Railways, Kamaz and others.

"In the last few years, Russian companies’ presence at international fairs in Havana has expanded, which shows that our relations have only grown stronger. This development of the bilateral cooperation tells us that we will not succumb to pressure and will strengthen the relations. Isolationist policy will not be foisted on us," Russia’s trade representative to Cuba Alexander Bogatyr told TASS. "We are hoping that trade and economic cooperation between Russia and Cuba will boost life standards of Cubans."

The 37th Havana International Fair FIHAV 2019 is held on November 4-8 at the EXPOCUBA Exhibition Site. FIHAV is the largest trade and industry forum in Cuba and in the Caribbean, as well as boasts one of the biggest number of participants in Latin America. The fair has been held since 1983 in association with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment and the Chamber of Commerce.

This year, more than 4,000 companies from over 60 countries are taking part in the fair. Organizers expect up to 150,000 people to visit fair’s exhibition spaces and presentation zones. The Cuban media outlets stress that it is especially important against the backdrop of a trade, economic and financial embargo imposed on Cuba by the United States in 1962 and US President Donald Trump’s policy tightening. Cuban authorities note that holding such a large-scale event to deepen economic cooperation is yet another argument for the restrictions to be lifted.

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Cuban Film Week to be held in Russia

With the premiere next Thursday of the film 'Esteban,' a week of Cuban film will be inaugurated in the Russian capital, in which actor Blanca Rosa Blanco and the director of that feature film, Jonal Cosculluela, will be present, diplomatic sources reported.

The 91-minute drama that opens the Cuban Film Week, starring Reinaldo Guanche, Manuel Porto and Yuliet Cruz, will be part of what is already a positive tradition to open the doors to Cuba every year in this nation.

The program also includes the film 'El Regreso,' directed by Blanco and Alberto Luberta, a police saga that stars Blanco herself and Adier Fernandez, among others from the island.

In addition, Russian audiences will be able to enjoy the feature film 'Los buenos demonios' (The Good Demons), a Cuban-Spanish co-production directed by the renowned Gerardo Chijona, with Carlos Enrique Almirante, Vladimir Cruz and Enrique Molina in the leading roles.

The fourth film of the Cuban Film Week will be 'Un traductor,' a Cuban-Canadian co-production, featuring Russian actors such as Alexander Maslennikov, Guennadi Dolganov and Natalia Rodina, among others.

The feast of modern Cuban cinematography closes with the film '¿Por que lloran mis amigas?' by Magda Gonzalez, starring Edith Massola, Patricio Wood, Paula Ali and Nestor Jimenez.

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