Cuba and Russia keep expanding their economic and trade ties

HAVANA, Cuba, June 25 (ACN) Ana Teresita Gonzalez, Cuban first deputy minister of foreign trade and foreign investment, held on Wednesday an exchange on several issues of bilateral interest with Andrei A. Guskov, Russian ambassador to Havana.

On Twitter, Gonzalez stated that during the meeting, both sides discussed the complexity of the current scenario, due to the emergency situation unleashed by the novel coronavirus, as well as the different actions of their respective governments in the post-COVID-19 stage.

The officials also expressed the need and importance of deepening economic, trade and cooperation links between the two countries, based on the friendship, solidarity and respect existing between the Russian and Cuban people.

Moscow and Havana jointly advocate compliance with the norms of international law embodied in the Charter of the United Nations, as well as respect for sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of States.

Russia and Venezuela synchronize cooperation to confront USA


Moscow, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) Amid the economic blockade imposed by the United States on Venezuela and the harmful effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Russia and this South American country are synchronizing their cooperation in several fields.

On Wednesday, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, who headed his country’s delegation at the Victory Parade in Moscow, announced his meeting with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov.

The head of Venezuelan diplomacy also met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, with whom he reviewed the agenda of the High-Level Commission between the two States.

When commenting on the possibilities of bilateral cooperation, Arreaza noted that Venezuela’s natural resources are also open to fair and legal investment from Russia, as well as all scientific capacities developed by the State over the last few years, he noted.

On September 25, 2019, President Vladimir Putin noted the effort in economic cooperation between Russia and Venezuela, during a meeting in the Kremlin with President Nicolas Maduro.

Russian-Venezuelan cooperation covers the fields of investment, energy, mining, medicine and technical-military cooperation, among other sectors.


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Coronavirus cases in US could be 10 times higher than estimates: CDC


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that as many as 10 times more Americans may be infected with coronavirus than earlier estimates suggested — which means as many as 20 million may have contracted the virus, but also that the mortality rate may be lower than thought.

“Our best estimate right now is that for every case that’s reported, there actually are 10 other infections,” CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield said on a call with reporters Thursday, NBC News reported.

“This virus causes so much asymptomatic infection. The traditional approach of looking for symptomatic illness and diagnosing it obviously underestimates the total amount of infections,” he continued.

The CDC estimate is based on serology testing used to determine the presence of antibodies that show whether an individual has had the disease.

“The most powerful tool that we have is social distancing,” Redfield said. “If you must go out into the community, being in contact with fewer people is better than many,” Redfield said.

If true, the estimate would suggest the percentage of US deaths from the disease is lower than thought.

More than 120,000 Americans have died from the disease since the pandemic erupted earlier this year.

The estimate comes as government officials note that many new cases are showing up in young people who do not exhibit symptoms and may not know they have it.

Officials said young people with no symptoms, but who are in regular contact with vulnerable populations, should proactively get tested to make sure they do not spread it.

The CDC has sent 40 response teams to help deal with outbreaks in Florida and Texas, among other states.

More than 36,000 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded nationwide on Wednesday, just shy of the record 36,426 on April 24, concentrated in states that were spared the brunt of the initial outbreak or moved early to lift restrictions aimed at curbing the virus’ spread.


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Trump rips Carly Fiorina after she vows to vote for Joe Biden


President Trump on Thursday took a shot at one-time GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina after she said she could not support him in November and would vote for Joe Biden.

“Failed presidential candidate (thank you President Trump!), Carly Fiorina, said she will be voting for Corrupt Joe Biden. She lost so badly to me, twice in one campaign, that she should be voting for Joe. No complaints!!!” the commander-in-chief tweeted.

Asked during an interview with The Atlantic if she’d vote for the former veep, Fiorina said that she would.

“I’ve been very clear that I can’t support Donald Trump. And, you know, elections are binary choices … if faced with a binary choice on a ballot, yes,” the former Hewlett-Packard CEO said.

“I am encouraged that Joe Biden is a person of humility and empathy and character. I think he’s demonstrated that through his life.”

Fiorina and Trump repeatedly clashed during the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, with Trump criticizing Fiorina’s looks during an interview with Rolling Stone in September 2015.

“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president,” Trump said then.

Fiorina still voted for Trump in the 2016 election despite the insult, though she later ripped him on a number of issues, including his support for accused perv Roy Moore in an Alabama Senate race.


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