Cuba in Change, Part V: Friend indeed, nearby or faraway

Any country can’t work alone. With Venezuela, its most dependable regional ally, Cuba had nearly 7.3 billion U.S. dollars in bilateral trade in 2014.
The partner supplies Cuba with some 95,000 barrels of oil a day on very favorable terms.
Things are always reciprocal, if they will last.
Cuba pays for the Venezuelan oil with services of thousands of doctors, teachers, sports coaches and other advisers for the friendly country.

(Soundbite) Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela
“I receive this medal with great honor, although I do not deserve it yet. I receive it as a pledge of loyalty to the ideals of our founders, of loyalty to Fidel (Castro) and Chavez, loyalty to the glorious ideas that our people have stood for and that are respected today by all of humanity.”

Cuban President Raul Castro conferred the supreme Jose Marti Order to Maduro, as a show of support and gratitude for the Venezuelan government at the Palace of the Revolution.
Here, Raul would welcome U.S. President Barack Obama less than one week later.

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