The decision of US President Donald Trump to review the policy of normalizing relations with Cuba is regrettable, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
On Friday, Trump announced the cancellation of the “erroneous” policy of his predecessor Barack Obama to normalize relations with Cuba. This was another step in the winding up of previously concluded deals and abandoning the promises of the previous administration. The White House noted that the US retains the embargo imposed on Cuba and opposes the appeals of the UN and other international organizations to abolish it.
“The new line announced by US President Trump regarding Cuba brings us back to the already-forgotten Cold War rhetoric, an approach that characterized the US attitude to Cuba for decades.” When the former administration in Washington introduced significant changes to the course conducted against the island, we did not Without grounds, believed that this was not so much a manifestation of the goodwill of individual politicians, but a reflection of the failure of the policy of dictatorship and sanctions against this small and freedom-loving state, ” To the comment of the Russian foreign ministry.
“Now it turns out that the anti-Cuban discourse is still in great demand, which can not but cause regret. We think that no one should have any doubts: the arrogant style of doing business with Cuba is unpromising.” The events of the last half century are clear evidence of this, ” Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Ministry confirms that Moscow continues to be in solidarity with Cuba. “We are against embargoes, blockades, sanctions and dividing lines, we are for dialogue, cooperation and building bridges, communication without dictatorship and attempts to interfere from outside into the internal affairs of sovereign states,” the commentary says. The Foreign Ministry recalls that the overwhelming majority of the states of the world adhere to the same approach with respect to Cuba, and this is confirmed by the results of the voting on the anti-blockade resolution of the UN General Assembly. “We would like to urge the Trump administration to heed this almost unanimous voice of the world community,” the Foreign Ministry emphasizes.
The United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations in July 2015. Subsequently, the countries signed a number of agreements, although the United States did not abolish the trade embargo against Cuba. In 2016, Obama became the first American president in almost 90 years to visit the Island of Freedom. And one of his recent decisions as head of state was the cessation of the so-called wet / dry foot policy, which provided for the legal status of illegal immigrants from Cuba, and Havana welcomed it.
Original: МИД России назвал политику США в отношении Кубы возвратом к холодной войне