Venezuela is now Cuba's top trading partner with $1.4 billion (Ђ1.2 billion) in commerce annually, mostly in petroleum exports from the South American nation, Cuba's foreign commerce minister said Monday.
Cuba is now buying $1.1 billion (Ђ910 million) worth of Venezuelan petroleum annually on highly preferential terms, along with another $300 million (about Ђ250 million) in Venezuelan food, construction materials, and other products, Foreign Commerce Minister Raul de la Nuez said on the first day of the International Fair of Havana, the island's annual trade fair.
Cuba, in return, provides Venezuela with medical and other professional services, including thousands of doctors and health care workers. De la Nuez predicted trade between the two allied nations could reach $2 billion (Ђ1.7 billion) annually by the end of 2006.
The trade fair, featuring products from more than 40 nations, runs through Saturday at the Expo Cuba fairgrounds on the capital's western outskirts, AP reports.
The Russian Defence Ministry acknowledged that the Americans treat Russian military men in Syria with respect. The Americans always warn Russia accordingly, but not Israel
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities