Moscow and Havana are convinced that the situation with the coronavirus requires the solidarity of the world community and the absence of politicization in joint work to combat the spread of infection. This is stated in a joint article by Russian and Cuban Foreign Ministers Sergei Lavrov and Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, published in the Rossiyskaya Gazeta and the Cuban newspaper Granma on May 8.
The article is timed to the 60th anniversary of the restoration of Russian-Cuban diplomatic relations.
According to the ministers, both governments firmly believe that the UN and the World Health Organization (WHO) should play a leading role in combating the spread of coronavirus infection.
Lavrov and Parilla were convinced that “international depoliticized efforts to develop and share research results, the experience of different countries in preventing the spread of coronavirus infection, the protection of the most vulnerable groups of the population and developments in social security, will help reduce the duration of the pandemic and reduce mortality rates.
Earlier, on May 7, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington could offer an alternative to WHO because it failed to cope with the spread of COVID-19.
On April 14, U.S. President Donald Trump said Washington was cutting off funding for the organization because it had made mistakes and concealed data on coronavirus proliferation.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres then said that the U.S. had chosen the wrong time to stop funding the WHO.