In an interview with RT, the Cuban leader pointed out that Moscow and Havana are united by historical ties of friendship. “To a large extent they are due to our traditionally friendly ties, but also to the desire of both parties to strengthen these relations in the face of the uncertainty of the modern world,” said the Cuban leader.
On Vladimir Putin and Russia’s help
“I consider President Vladimir Putin my friend, a true friend of Cuba, and he has shown this in practice. In our last conversations during my visit to Russia last November, I appreciated that Putin is very sympathetic to the problems Cuba is facing.” Díaz-Canel said, highlighting the Russian president’s understanding of the difficult situation faced by the Cuban people due to the embargo imposed by the United States against the Island of Liberty.
On the other hand, Díaz-Canel thanked Russia for the supply of humanitarian and food aid, as well as its support during the pandemic, when Moscow delivered equipment for the production of medical oxygen to the republic. “All this was done with absolute disinterest and a lot of dedication on the part of those who came to support us. This is how true friendship manifests itself in the most difficult moments,” said the Cuban leader.
On the BRICS and de-dollarization
Díaz-Canel also highlighted the high role of the BRICS in international affairs. He pointed out that the aggressive and hegemonic policy of the United States is at the heart of world international relations. According to the Cuban president, Washington is dedicated to “building walls, imposing sanctions, using blackmail, aggression and slander.”
“In the economic sphere, this hegemony is expressed in the total control of the world economy by the United States government, the IMF and the World Bank, which creates enormous uncertainty regarding the ways to solve global problems” Díaz-Canel highlighted the Cuban. he vision of the current situation and affirmed that “the international economic order is completely unjust and undemocratic”.
“I think that the BRICS provide an excellent alternative for economic integration, especially for the developing economies, the poorest countries, the so-called third world countries, the countries of the South. Because the BRICS, above all, defend multipolarity in the relationships,” he said. He expressed his attitude towards the leading Cuban integration group. He also emphasized that Cuba recognizes the crucial role played by Russia in achieving a multipolar world, these are the principles, in his opinion, that the BRICS defend. “The BRICS countries represent alliances in economic and trade relations between countries, relations that strengthen peace and guarantee international security. So I think this is a very suitable space for third world countries, for developing countries. This is more or less the political concept of the BRICS,” Diaz-Canel said.
The Cuban leader also did not ignore the growing popularity of the issue of abandoning the dollar in international payments. In his opinion, this represents a fairer order.
“What does the rejection of the dollar mean in trade and economic relations? First of all, the rejection of the dollar lays the foundations for more inclusive and more favorable relations for the integration of the economies of a whole group of countries,” said the President of Cuba defined the perspectives of de-dollarization and expressed confidence that thanks to it it will be possible to avoid the sanctions imposed by the United States against the banking sector. As an example of such restrictions, he cited the best known example: the United States blockade against Cuba, which, among other things, is expressed in the prohibition of financial transactions in dollars.
“I believe that Cuba must integrate into the new system of economic relations. You should be able to participate in it,” the Cuban president summed up Havana’s approach.
About NATO and China
“We condemn and do not accept the extension of NATO to the borders of Russia. We strongly condemn all the sanctions that were applied as coercive measures against the Russian Federation,” Diaz-Canel reaffirmed the Cuban position.
“China, like Russia, is of great concern to the United States, as it plays an important role in the international arena. Both states are powers that defend a different international economic order. They defend multipolarity, they defend peace and respect between peoples,” he said. Cuban leader.
“Therefore, the Americans are unleashing an information war and carrying out an aggressive policy against Russia and China, looking for ways to discredit and discredit them,” the Cuban president said. Díaz-Canel stressed that Taiwan is one of those paths, and also recalled that “everything that is happening now with Taiwan is interference in the internal affairs of the PRC.”
Cuba condemns the interference in China’s internal affairs. We condemn, express our concern and consider hostile the military presence of the United States and its allies in the Taiwan Strait, which intends to unleash a conflict in the region. Cuba supports China, its right to reunification and the right to defend the concept of a united China”, – the Cuban leader outlined the approach of Havana.