Sechin to Visit Cuba for Energy Talks

Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin plans to travel to Cuba this week for talks on joint energy projects, Interfax reported Monday, citing an unidentified Russian government official.

Cuba has asked Russia to review the possibility of state-owned Zarubezhneft developing two onshore fields, the news service reported, citing the official.

LUKoil is interested in upgrading two Cuban refineries, Interfax reported, citing sources in the country's largest independent oil company.

Sechin, whose responsibilities include energy, was in China on Saturday and Sunday for energy talks, Interfax said. His tentative Cuba travel dates are Tuesday to Saturday, the news service said.

On Thursday, former Cuban President Fidel Castro said his country did not need to apologize to the United States over a report in Izvestia that Russia might start sending nuclear bombers to the island nation.