Raul Castro’s Possible Successor Visits Putin in the Kremlin

Miguel Diaz Canel visits Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin. Photo: progresoweekly.us

HAVANA TIMES — If everything goes as the script has it, in 2018 Raul Castro will retire as president of Cuba and pass on the baton to his First Vice President, Miguel Diaz Canel, currently on a visit to Russia to meet with President Vladiimir Putin and other top authorities.

It would be the first time in 60 years that someone other than a Castro ruled the country.

While less visible than the Communist Party’s number two man, Juan Ramon Machado Ventura, Diaz Canel has taken part in many protocol assignments both in Cuba and abroad.

Diaz Canel and Putin meet in Moscow.
Diaz Canel and Putin meet in Moscow.

In a routine press release the Kremlin said that Putin and Diaz Canel “discussed the outlook for trade and economic cooperation between the two countries, among them the transport infrastructure, telecommunications and communications, biopharmaceuticals, and civil aviation. In addition, attention was paid to Russian-Cuban cooperation in the fields of tourism, sports, culture and education.”

On Thursday, DÌaz-Canel met with Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev.  Like the meeting with Putin, no details were available from the talks other than the routine protocol of saying the leaders discussed their countries’ “prospects for further improvement” in their “already positive economic relations.”

15 thoughts on “Raul Castro’s Possible Successor Visits Putin in the Kremlin

  • I know everything about “Cuban democracy”, in the free world its called dictatorship.
    You make a huge error when you assume without basis that “The People” and the Castros as communist dictators are synonymous.
    Viva Cuba libre!

  • Every election has been free. You know nothing about Cuban democracy. The People rule. Democracy is alive and well throughout the land.

  • Isn’t it interesting that the most politically repressive countries enjoy the highest voter turnout. I believe that North Korea enjoys 100% voter participation. I wonder why that is?

  • At long last the world has found a worthy successor to Bob Hope!
    Cuba has not had an open free election since the Castro regime achieved power and control in 1959.

  • Where have you been, obviously not in Cuba. There are elections all the time and the people propose candidates in every level of government, and vote freely with a secret ballot. You seem to only know about multi party elections in very divisive countries. In Cuba there is what is known as People’s Democracy, and the people have a direct say, and the people govern this society with economic, political, and social democracy.

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