HAVANA, November 13 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will help Cuba establish a training center for defense and emergencies services specialists, Russia's emergencies minister said.
Sergei Shoigu, who is currently on a working visit in the Cuban capital Havana, said he had signed a memorandum and a plan on cooperation with Cuban Civil Defence Chief Ramon Pardo Guerra on Thursday.
"The main point of the plan is the establishment of an [emergency] training center," the minister said, adding the center is intended not only for training specialists, but also for providing a "fast response to various emergencies."
The minister said the center, expected to be established by 2010, will prepare a wide range of specialists, including rescuers, firemen and divers, as well as civil defense specialists.
Shoigu also said Russia will help Cuba modernize its meteorological and seismological systems.
Cuba, located across the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico, is prone to frequent hurricanes. Three storms devastated the Caribbean island last summer, causing more than $10 billion in damage.