The message reads, in part:
“The whole life of Comandante Fidel was dedicated to service
to his motherland.
Under his leadership, Cuba acquired freedom and independence, built up a modern statehood and enhanced its standing in Latin America.
I would like to emphasise Fidel Castro’s significant personal contribution to the development of friendly and brotherly partnership relations between the Russian Federation and Cuba. We will cherish the memory of this remarkable man and a true friend of our country.
I was lucky to have had a number of meetings with Fidel. Our conversations were always held in the spirit of openness and trust. I pay tribute to his wisdom and humanity, his allegiance to the ideals of patriotism and justice.
We share the grief and pain of the Cuban people. Please pass on our words of support to your family and all citizens of the republic.”