“I think that this is a mutually beneficial and a mutually acceptable process. It has already started, some steps have already been taken, contracts on discussion of specific steps on the restoration of relations are being prepared, and so on. We do not see anything bad in this, on the contrary, it is useful for Cuban people. And this will not affect strategic relations between Russia and Cuba in a negative way,” Lavrov said during a press conference in Moscow.
The US president first announced his intention to revive diplomatic relations with Cuba in December, with plans to ease trade and travel restrictions and reopen the US Embassy in Havana in the upcoming months.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said America's Havana pivot would be a "positive development" for Russia.
The island nation remains one of Russia's key allies in Latin America, with the trade turnover between the two countries exceeding $200 million in 2013.