Russia Criticizes Trump Administration’s Hostile Approach to Cuba, Expresses its Solidarity


June 18th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

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– Al Mayadeen – – translated by Samer Hussein –                           

Russian Foreign Ministry said it regrets the new anti-Cuban rhetoric, expressed by the Trump administration and assured Moscow’s solidarity with Havana.

Alexander Schetinin, Director of the Latin America Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry, told Sputnik News Agency that Trump’s current stance on Cuba brings out many memories from the Cold War era, including some already forgotten ones, noting despite the traditional anti-Cuban approach used by the US for decades, the sudden change of tone is nonetheless something different from what it was seen from the US side in recent time. 

“The new policy, announced by the US president in relation to Cuba, brings us back to the already forgotten rhetoric in the Cold War style. Such policy characterized the US approach to Cuba for decades. It was believed that this was not a certain ‘deal,’ but a thoughtful political decision, in which there were no losers, except marginal “anti-Castrists.” Now it turns out that the anti-Cuban discourse is still in high demand. This cannot but cause regret”, Schetinin was heard saying.

On Friday, the US President Donald Trump ordered to tighten restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and on the dealings of American companies with the Cuban entities, linked to the country’s military, following a cancellation of certain parts of the cooperation deal with Cuba, previously signed in time of Obama administration, calling it a “terrible and misguided deal.”

He also said any remaining agreements will be canceled, should Havana fail to obey the demands of the United States. 

Cuban officials have since told the public that Cuba will retaliate, although will keep the channels of cooperation open. 

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