MAJOR – Russia is ready to help Cuba set up nuclear power industry

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MOSCOW – Russia is ready to become Cuba’s strategic partner in the peaceful use of atomic energy if Havana so decides, said the first deputy head of the Russian government office, Sergei Prikhodko.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev will visit Cuba on today and tomorrow with a broad agenda of bilateral cooperation.

“As Cuban colleagues report, they do not plan to create the country’s nuclear power industry. But if that decision is revised, it is clear that Russia will be ready to become Cuba’s strategic partner in this area,” Priikhodko told reporters, on the eve of the Russian Prime Minister’s trip.

According to the senior official, the Caribbean country has everything to advance in this sector, “including highly trained personnel, professional Cuban physicists and nuclear engineers, who graduated from Soviet and Russian universities.”

“Several interesting projects are currently being discussed about the so-called non-energy uses of the peaceful atom. Specifically, we are talking about the use of nuclear technology in medicine and agriculture,” added the Russian politician.

In 2016, the Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom and the Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment signed a cooperation agreement on peaceful use of atomic energy on the sidelines of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference in Vienna.

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Washington is restoring its Monroe Doctrine in Latin America to limit the sovereignty of countries in the region, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said back in April.

“The United States is resurrecting the Monroe Doctrine, which seeks to limit the sovereignty of Latin American countries and pressure those who follow policies that have not been agreed with Washington,” said the Russian minister at the Moscow International Security Conference.

Shoigu noted that a typical example of such a Washington policy is the situation in Venezuela, where legitimate government is exposed to “unprecedented” external influence.

The United States has traditionally viewed South America as an area of ​​its exclusive interests based on the doctrine of former President James Monroe (“America for the Americans”) of 1823, which implies non-interference by countries in other regions in the affairs of the United States.

In the early twentieth century, this ideology was complemented by the thesis that conflict resolution on the Latin American continent should be carried out by the US, including through the use of military force. During the Cold War, this ideology was used to combat Soviet influence and the spread of socialism in Cuba and other countries in the region.

The Russian Defense Minister stressed that Moscow is ready to strengthen military cooperation with Latin American countries, highlighting as “traditional friends and allies” of Russia in Latin America countries such as Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile.

“We appreciate the level of confidence achieved and will work to increase it,” Shoigu said, adding that Moscow is willing to “increase military and technical-military cooperation with countries that see Russia as a partner.”

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