Soviet-Cuban trade will total about $14.5 billion this year following signing of a protocol fixing trade levels for 1989, the official news agency Tass said.

The agency said Konstantin Katushev, Soviet foreign economic relations minister, and Ricardo Cabrisas, Cuban foreign trade minister, signed the protocol in Moscow."The implementation of the protocol will serve to further strengthen and develop Soviet-Cuban trade and economic collaboration," it added, but gave no further details.

Soviet leader Mikhael Gorbachev is scheduled to make his first visit to Cuba on April 2-5.