Bruno Rodriguez, Cuba’s Foreign Minister, denounced US-imposed sanctions on the country in his Twitter account, slamming them as “shameful and criminal”, while noting that new sanctions are “designed to affect Cuban families”.
On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the Trump administration had added seven new sub-entities to the Cuba Restriction List.
This was done under a pretext that profits from these businesses are being used by the Castro regime to “to oppress the Cuban people and to fund its interference in Venezuela”.
Pompeo pointed at one – “financial institution FINCIMEX” – that, according to Pompeo, “controls the flow of hard currency that belongs to the Cuban people”.
Among other targeted entities were unnamed hotels, scuba-diving centers and a marine park for tourists.
Tensions between the United States and Cuba originally began when the US imposed an arms embargo on the country in 1958, restricting travel and financial transactions.
Although relations between Washington and Havana were relaxed during the administration of US President Barack Obama, the Trump administration quickly reintroduced tougher measures.
In September 2019, the US regime imposed sanctions on Cuba’s pro-forma leader, Raul Castro, as well as members of his family for supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
The US administration considers Maduro an illegitimate leader, supporting instead self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido.
Cuba has medical and military units operating in Venezuela to protect the country against the hostile US sanctions, medical and financial embargo’s.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Caribbean News 2020.