The Intergovernmental Russian-Cuban Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation met in Moscow on Tuesday. Borisov and Cabrisas are the co-chairs of the commission.
"Our relations are traditionally friendly, and we consider Cuba a pivotal ally in Latin America and the Caribbean region", Borisov said at the meeting.
According to Borisov, Russia is actively involved in important economic projects in Cuba in such areas as energy, metallurgy and transport infrastructure. As an example, he referred to the assembly of Russian cars in Cuba and exports of railroad machinery to the Caribbean nation.
The previous session of the Russian-Cuban intergovernmental commission was held in Moscow in January. Following the meeting, the sides announced that Russia would participate in the project on modernization of Cuban railroads worth 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion). The commission also discussed cooperation to upgrade Cuba’s energy sector and nickel factory, as well as restore the airworthiness of the country’s air fleet.
The United States has in recent weeks stepped up its pressure on Cuba as part of its campaign to oust constitutionally-elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and replace him with Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself to be the country's interim leader. Cuba, along with Russia, China and other countries continue to support Maduro as the legitimately elected president of Venezuela.
On Tuesday, The US Treasury Department announced that the sanctions against Cuba will be strengthened to prohibit visas for school and other groups seeking contact with residents on the Caribbean Island.