OREANDA-NEWS. Russian President Vladimir Putin sent the ex-head of Cuba Raul Castro a telegram with congratulations on his 90th birthday, called him an example of patriotism and statesmanship, noting that he warmly recalls personal meetings.

The corresponding telegram was published on Thursday on the Kremlin's website.

The telegram reads: "Dear comrade Raul, dear friend, please accept my sincere congratulations on your 90th birthday. Key events in Cuba's recent history are inextricably linked with your name. Having dedicated your whole life to protecting the interests of your native country and fighting for social justice, you are law have become an example of patriotism, courage, fortitude and statesmanship. "

Putin stressed that Raul Castro made a great personal contribution to the formation and development of Russian-Cuban relations. The President of the Russian Federation also expressed confidence that "constructive interaction between Moscow and Havana will continue to be strengthened for the benefit of our peoples."

Putin added that he fondly recalls the meetings and negotiations with Castro, and also wished him health, longevity, good spirits, happiness and prosperity.