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July 11th, 2014
05:15 PM ET

Why is Putin in Cuba?

(CNN) – President Vladimir Putin arrived in Cuba Friday, and his message in Havana was clear: Russia wants back into Cuba.

Ever since the fall of Soviet Union, Cuba's economy has been a basket case. Part of the problem was Russia has been demanding, for 20 years, that Cuba pay back $30 billion of assistance it provided during the Cold War.

CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.

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