The Cuban dictator travels on a plane from the Venezuelan state Conviasa on his tour of Algeria, Russia, Turkey and China

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Miguel Díaz-Canel will meet with Vladimir Putin and participate in the inauguration of a monument to Fidel Castro next week. The aircraft was owned by the Iranian airline Mahan Air

< i class="i-share-btn telegram">Díaz-Canel makes international trips on a Venezuelan plane

The Cuban dictator Miguel Díaz-Canel and six key ministers of his regime began on Wednesday an international tour of a marked economic nature and linked to the energy crisis that the country is suffering.

Shortly before Leaving from Havana, Díaz-Canel said on his Twitter account @DiazCanelB that he undertook a tour that will take him to four nations: Algeria, Russia, Turkey and China, “in response to the official invitations by the leaders of those nations.”

The trip will last eleven days, until Sunday, November 27, and Díaz-Canel will be accompanied by Vice Prime Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas and Alejandro Gil; the Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez; his Foreign Trade counterpart, Rodrigo Malmierca; and those in charge of Energy and Health, Vicente de la O and José Ángel Portal, respectively.

Official images from Cuban television showed that, for these international transfers, Díaz- Canel and his team use a Conviasa plane, the US-sanctioned Venezuelan state airline. This is the Airbus YV3535, purchased by the Chavista regime from the Iranian airline Mahan Air, also sanctioned by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control.

The Cuban dictator travels on a plane of the Venezuelan state Conviasa on his tour of Algeria, Russia, Turkey and China< /p>The Venezuelan airline Conviasa was sanctioned by the US government (File photo)

The Cuban dictator will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week in Moscow, the agency reported on Wednesday Russian news outlet RIA, quoting the island's ambassador.

Díaz-Canel added that the tour will address essential issues “fundamentally related to the energy sector” in search of alternatives to reinforce its obsolete electrical network.

On Tuesday, the seventh floating power plant, leased to the Karadeniz Holding, company based in Turkey, whose objective is to supply additional megawatts to the national electric power system, arrived in Havana.

The energy problems on the Caribbean island, which cause annoying daily blackouts, are one of the most painful symptoms of a deeper financial crisis due to US sanctions, the COVID-19 pandemic and the inefficiency in economic management, among other causes.

The Cuban dictator travels on a plane of the Venezuelan state Conviasa on his tour of Algeria, Russia, Turkey and China< /p>File photo: Putin greets Díaz Canel upon his arrival at the Kremlin in 2018 (AFP)

For his part, Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov has confirmed Díaz-Canel's visit , representative of a country that is a “very important partner” for Russia and with which “there is a lot to talk about”.

Likewise, the Cuban Embassy in Moscow announced that Díaz-Canel will participate next Tuesday in the inauguration of a monument to Fidel Castro, which will be erected in the square that bears his name, located in the Sokol district of the capital.

< p class="paragraph">Díaz-Canel's last visit to Russia took place in October 2019. In the following years, Putin and Díaz-Canel spoke by phone on several occasions and reaffirmed plans to intensify cooperation between Moscow and Havana. In those phone calls, the Cuban leader also expressed his gratitude to Putin for Russia's help in combating the coronavirus.

This Wednesday, the Russian Senate once again condemned the US embargo on Cuba and demanded his uprising. According to the resolution approved by the legislators, the blockade suffered by the island is “a systematic violation of the norms of international law, contemplated in the UN Charter and a challenge for the entire system of international relations.”

< p class="paragraph">(With information from EFE, EuropaPress and Reuters)

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