Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will arrive in Cuba on Thursday on a three-day visit which will focus on the development of bilateral economic ties.
The Russian foreign minister is scheduled to meet with the Cuban leadership and hold talks with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.
Commenting on the upcoming visit, Foreign Ministry's spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said "the current trade, which totals $260 million, does not reflect the bilateral trade potential," and Moscow was hoping to diversify its economic and investment ties with Cuba.
Joint projects in electric power industry, transportation, pharmaceutics and high-tech industry are among the key areas in the future economic cooperation between the two countries, Nesterenko said.
Moscow earlier said that Russian-Cuban relations could serve as the starting point to advance Russia's interests in the entire Latin American region.
Lavrov will visit also visit Nicaragua and Guatemala on February 14-15 respectively and Mexico on February 15-16 as part of his Latin American tour.
MOSCOW, February 11 (RIA Novosti)