FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2013 file photo, former Cuban President Fidel Castro talks to reporters at a polling station after casting his ballot in parliament elections in Havana, Cuba. Castro has published an article applauding a Russian-backed proposal to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons. The article was published in the Cuban press on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate, File)
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By WILLIAM J. BROAD
and DAVID E. SANGER
| The New York Times
First Published Sep 14 2013 05:01 pm • Last Updated Sep 14 2013 08:03 pm
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Havana » Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has published an article applauding a Russian-backed proposal to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons that led to the U.S.-Russian agreement Saturday to implement the plan.
In an article, signed by Castro and published in Cuban press Saturday, the 87-year-old leader praises “the intelligent Russian initiative.”
Castro also lauds Russia as a “brave country” that “stayed firm before the unusual pretension of the government of the United States, threatening to launch an overwhelming attack against the Syrian defenses.”
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