April 20, 2018 / 6:27 PM / a month ago

Putin congratulates Cuba's new president on his election - Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, spoke with Cuba’s new President Miguel Diaz-Canel and ex-president Raul Castro over the phone on Friday, the Kremlin said on its website.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony to receive credentials from foreign ambassadors at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia April 11, 2018. Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool via REUTERS

Putin congratulated Diaz-Canel on his election and his birthday and said Russia was ready to help the Cuban leadership modernise its economy, according to the Kremlin.

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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