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Castro Says Break With USSR `Very Unlikely'
Havana International Service
BRS Assigned Document Number:    000010242
Report Type:         Daily Report             AFS Number:     PA1506020690
Report Number:       FBIS-LAT-90-116          Report Date:    15 Jun 90
Report Series:       Daily Report             Start Page:     5
Report Division:     CARIBBEAN                End Page:       5
Report Subdivision:  Cuba                     AG File Flag:   
Classification:      UNCLASSIFIED             Language:       Spanish
Document Date:       15 Jun 90
Report Volume:       Friday Vol VI No 116


City/Source of Document:   Havana International Service

Report Name:   Latin America

Headline:   Castro Says Break With USSR `Very Unlikely'

Source Line:   PA1506020690 Havana International Service in Spanish 0005 GMT 15
Jun 90

1.  [Text] Cuban President Fidel Castro thinks that a collapse of the Caribbean
island's relations with the Soviet Union is very unlikely.  He admitted,
however, that in Cuba, it is always necessary to be prepared for the worst and
added that there are plans to survive under those circumstances.

2.  Castro's remarks were made to Beatriz Vicio, editor of CUADERNOS DEL TERCER
MUNDO, an international magazine published in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. 
Vicio gave IPS [Interpress Service] the opportunity to publish in advance a
summary of the long, exclusive interview.

3.  Concerning the hypothetical causes that could provoke a collapse in Cuba's
relations with the Soviet Union, Castro mentioned civil strife, which he
considered very unlikely, and the country's disintegration as a result of the
separatist tendency.

4.  Castro added that, to cope with a crisis, Cuba relies on its food supply,
enough for 40 million people, which is four times its population. The nation
could halt social development almost entirely for a number of years because the
country has already made great progress in this field.  He said that socialism
gives Cuba an opportunity to become part of Latin America and that, should
capitalism return to the island, the Cuban economy would be absorbed by the
United States, something the United States wants to do with Mexico and Canada.