Throughout the early months of 2023, Havana and Moscow inked several tourism-related agreements.
These included exclusive hotel deals on the island for Russian tourists and the introduction of MIR cards, specifically for these visitors' transactions in Cuba.
During Russian Vice Prime Minister Dmitri Chernishenko's visit, Havana gave the nod to Russian banks for establishing branches aimed at financing business ventures in the Caribbean nation.
Furthermore, discussions about mutual projects with investments based on rubles took place.
July saw Russia resume direct flights to Cuba with a new route, bypassing European airspace due to EU restrictions stemming from Moscow . . .