HAVANA, Cuba, Jun 3 (ACN) The vice-president of the Council of Ministers of Cuba, Ricardo Cabrisas, discusses this Monday in Moscow with the Russian Minister of Transport, Evgueni Ditrij, the fulfillment of bilateral agreements and the prospects for cooperation in this area.
Prensa Latina reports that after his meeting last January in the Russian capital with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Kozak and Ditrij, the Cuban Vice President highlighted the basis for cooperation within the framework of a strategic partnership between the two countries.
Such collaboration includes transportation (air, sea, automobile and rail), and energy, with the construction of blocks for thermoelectric plants, he explained.
On January 23, Russia and Cuba signed an agreement for the acquisition of 23 locomotives.
The General Transport Provider Company (Tradex) and the Bryansk Machinery Construction Plant, part of the Transmasholding group, signed an agreement for the acquisition of 2,500 horsepower locomotives.
The Cuban Vice President of Transportation, Naima Alfonso Acosta, and the island's ambassador in this country, Gerardo Peñalver, were present at the signing of the agreement.
The agreement for the purchase of these locomotives also includes the training of Cuban personnel and the supply of spare parts to ensure proper operation on the island.
These new equipment will be destined, mainly, to the transportation of passengers in the national trains, although they can be used, in addition, in the freight trains.
The Cuban vice-minister of Transport told Prensa Latina that this is a very important contract for her country, after a long period of talks with the Russian counterpart.
With this acquisition we would achieve a more efficient transportation with greater capacity in our country," said the Cuban official.
We are making a lot of progress in these negotiations and we hope it will be another starting point to continue working with these Russian companies that have very good relations with Cuba, said Alfonso Acosta.
The Cuban vice president's visit also includes a meeting tomorrow with Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitri Patrushev and Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov.