UPDATE 2-Putin pledges to help Cuba explore for offshore oil

July 11, 2014 9:49 PM

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HAVANA, July 11 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to help revive Cuba's struggling offshore oil exploration on Friday at the start of a six-day tour of Latin America as Russia aims to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island.

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