A Russian-made Lada car passes by the Russian Embassy in Havana, Cuba, December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Boxy Russian-built Lada automobiles still rattle around Cuba, growing more decrepit by the year, a reminder of vanished Soviet patronage for the Communist-led island.Russian exports to Cuba jumped 81 percent on the year to $225 million in the January-September period, official Russian data shows.Russian state oil major Rosneft in May resumed fuel shipments to Cuba for the first time this century. Last month, private Russian company Sinara delivered the first of 75 locomotives worth $190 million ordered by Cuba in 2016 . Russia's largest truck maker KAMAZ has also stepped up exports to Cuba.Russia's Cuba offensive comes as Trump has halted efforts by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama to normalize U.S.-Cuba ties and ease the decades-old U.S. trade embargo.
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