Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro had a particularly warm attitude towards the people of the USSR and Russia, Cuban state TV anchorperson, Daisy Gomez, told TASS.
"Fidel had special admiration for the Soviet and Russian people, and this feeling was reciprocal," said Gomez who covered the work of the legendary leader, including his visits to the USSR, for many years.
"During Castro’s visits to the USSR people in that country expressed their love to him. When I worked as a correspondent of the Cuban state television and radio in Moscow, many people I met asked me questions about Fidel," Gomez added.
She added that Castro admired Soviet soldiers’ heroism during the Soviet Union’s Great Patriotic War [WWII] against Nazi Germany. "Some time ago, one of Fidel’s comrades-in-arms who fought in Sierra Maestra with him recalled that several members of his unit argued who the best soldiers in world history were. Some of them said those were the Japanese, someone said the Romans and someone else - the Germans. But Fidel approached them and argued that the best soldiers were Soviet people who were not only famous for their gallantry and good military training but were also faithful to their ideals, which helped them fight and defend their country," the journalist said.
Fidel Castro passed away on Nov. 25 aged 90. The Cuban government declared a nine-day national mourning following his death.
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