Putin visits Cuban ex-leader Castro during six-day tour

Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun a six-day tour in Latin America, with a stop in Cuba, a key Soviet ally during the Cold War backs Moscow in its dispute with the West over Ukraine.

Cuba's former President Fidel Castro (R) talks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) Credit: Reuters

Russian companies will participate in petroleum projects around Boca de Jaruco on the island's north coast, and that co-operation will extend to offshore oil deposits, Cuban government website Cubadebate (in Spanish) said.

Cuban state media carried photos in the evening of Mr Putin's meeting with retired leader Fidel Castro. Mr Putin and Raul Castro also participated in a ceremony at Havana's Memorial to the Soviet Internationalist Soldier.