Moscow was Havana's main benefactor during the Cold War and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Cuba last year was seen as a sign that Russia seeks to rekindle the alliance that was abandoned after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.
Russia is considering a $20 million loan to Cuba, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said last week, adding that the money would be spent on buying Russian goods.
Rising import costs, falling prices for major export nickel and three hurricanes meant that 2008 was one of the worst years in Cuba's recent history..
Russian oil firms want to drill offshore and its military has talked about airspace defence cooperation with Havana.
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