The Patriarch told how he met Castro in Leningrad the slogan «Cuba Yes! Yankees no!»

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. Archival photoThe Patriarch told how he met Castro in Leningrad the slogan «Cuba Yes! Yankees no!»© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich the image Bank

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill told how in the days of the USSR met came to Leningrad Cuban leader Fidel Castro, with the other shouting the slogan «Cuba si! Yanquis no!» («Cuba Yes! Yankees no!»)

On Saturday, the Patriarch met with the Chairman of state Council and Council of Ministers of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Kanalen with Them.

«You know that this is your first visit outside Latin America. We really appreciate that the first visit you paid to Russia. Russian people have a special relationship to Cuba, which is still linked to your heroic struggle for freedom. When I first came to us, comrade Fidel Castro, I well remember, together with the Leningrad — and I myself was born in Leningrad — we met him on the streets of the city with Cuban flags and shouting «Cuba si! Yanquis no!» he said, prompting this remark, the laughter of the participants.

The Patriarch also noted that the relationship of Cuba and Russia account for more than 200 years, had a «special character» after the victory of the revolution in Cuba, but «special sympathy towards each other continues today, when it significantly changed the political situation and when the Cuban revolution has does not determine one hundred percent of all sympathy towards Cuba».

«I would like to emphasize that this is a good attitude towards Cuba remains because too many people, many Russians were actively involved in the fate of your country. This experience of communion with you in your fight, in your life, it is transmitted only from parents to children, therefore, remain strong sympathy among the Russian people towards Cuba and the Cuban people,» he added.

In addition, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church thanked Diaz-Canela for the fact that Cuba has made possible the first ever meeting of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church in February 2016.

«I thought Cuba is the ideal place to meet, absolutely neutral territory. It is far from Europe and then from all our historical conflicts. It is neither Orthodox nor strictly Catholic, because the state is secular, and a significant portion (of the population) shared the Marxist ideology,» — said the Patriarch.

The Patriarch told how he met Castro in Leningrad the slogan «Cuba Yes! Yankees no!»© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotobanka in the Orthodox world: to be or not to be