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Russian oil welcomed by Cuba

Cuban state-run media said at the weekend that 90,000 metric tons of Russian oil had arrived in the cash and fuel-short country.

In 2022 Russia resumed some oil shipments to Cuba. Those shipments had ceased when the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s.

However, according to shipping data no Russian oil left the country for Cuba last year, despite Russian media reporting last June that an agreement had been signed between the two governments to supply 1.64m tonnes of oil and derivatives annually.

According to Energy and Mines Minister Vicente de la O Levy, Cuba needs 8m tonnes of oil and equivalents annually, of which 3m tonnes are produced locally.

Venezuela is Cuba’s main supplier of oil, but shipments from there have declined in recent years. Last year Mexico exported significant amounts of oil to Cuba, but it has not done so this year.