Havana, Jan. 25.- The Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, today rejected the interference of Western countries in the internal affairs of Russia and reaffirmed his solidarity with the authorities of that country.
This was stated by the head of the island's Ministry of Foreign Affairs through his Twitter account. Russia denounced the provocation orchestrated by the West, especially by the United States, by supporting protests in cities of that country organized by followers of the opposition blogger Alexei Navalni, prosecuted in two court cases.
According to the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, the publication by the US embassy of a list of Russian cities with the route of the demonstrations constitutes an act of interference in the internal affairs of the nation.
For her part, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajárova, commented that an action of open interference like this, if it had been done in Washington, would already be the reason for a great scandal, sanctions against Russia, expulsion of its diplomats and other measures.
US embassy officials will have to respond with arguments to their decision to participate in the provocation against public order in Russia, the spokeswoman warned.
According to the Moscow press, around four thousand people demonstrated in that capital and in some places the number of Western journalists almost exceeded that of those gathered. (Text and photo: PL)