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Putin praises Castro as ‘symbol of an era’

Then Cuban President Fidel Castro (R) welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin to Jose Marti Airport in Havana on December 13, 2000 © AFP/File / Sergei Chirikov

MOSCOW, Russian Federation, Nov 26 – Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Fidel Castro, the socialist Cuban icon who has died aged 90, as the “symbol of an era,” the Kremlin said in a statement Saturday.

“The name of this distinguished statesman is rightly considered the symbol of an era in modern world history,” Putin said in a telegram to Cuban President Raul Castro cited by the Kremlin. “Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend of Russia.”

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