The Soviet Union's deep economic crisis evidently isn't preventing it from helping out Fidel Castro.

The USSR and Cuba have signed a trade and economic cooperation agreement for 1991. Cuba will exchange sugar, nickel, citrus and certain other products for Soviet oil, cereals, chemicals, machinery and spare parts. In addition, Moscow will continue to support economic development projects in Cuba.How ironic that even as nations of the free world send food and other supplies to alleviate hardship in the Soviet Union, the Kremlin continues to prop up Castro's anti-American, hard-line communist regime.