Jan 28, 2009
...did no one tell him he might need a hat for Moscow in January? Just saying. Anyway...
NY Times: Cuban leader Raul Castro arrived in Russia today for a visit intended to boost ties between the former Cold War allies. Castro is scheduled to meet with Medvedev and other Russian officials during his 8-day trip.
The not-so-shocking news: In an interview, Castro backed Russia in its disputes with the U.S. over the Bush administration's efforts to place missile defense facilities in Europe and to put ex-Soviet nations Ukraine and Georgia on track to join NATO.
The sad news: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov didn't have anything crazy to say. He did say he expects Castro's visit to "mark an important milestone" in bilateral ties. He also reaffirmed Russia's call for the United States to lift its trade embargo on Cuba. You're boring me, Lavrov! You used to be cool, man.