Cuban foreign minister: We will not buckle in face of Trump's sanctions

Cuban foreign minister: We will not buckle in face of Trump's sanctions

Cuban foreign minister: We will not buckle in face of Trump's sanctions

On Friday, US President Donald Trump did exactly that by reverting to a sanctions policy in relation to Cuba that failed for 55 years, but apparently expecting a different result.

In its reaction Sunday, the Russian ministry said the votes in NY each fall illustrate "the global community's position on Cuba", and said the Trump administration should "listen".

"We will strongly restrict American dollars to the (Cuban) military", he said, but he didn't say how.

The measures announced impose additional obstacles to the already very limited opportunities that the USA business sector had in order to trade with and invest in Cuba.

"It is surprising that a president who has based all his policies on things that are very distant from human rights proposes that has a top priority the defense of human rights in Cuba", he said. Speaking at the Manuel Artime Theater - named after the man who led the failed CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 - Trump announced: "We do not want U.S. dollars to prop up a military monopoly that exploits and abuses the citizens of Cuba". It was a reference to Obama's visit to Cuba in 2016 that ended with him and Cuban leader Raúl Castro attending a baseball game.

One of biggest changes the president announced was what he called a "ban on tourism", but Department of the Treasury documents say the restrictions refer to "individual people-to-people" travel from the Cuba, which basically means that a visitor can go on his or her own to the island for "educational travel" that is not tied to a university or academic degree program or group. As part of the agreement, the two countries reopened embassies in each other's capitals. Even so, demand for flights and cruises could be depressed as the new limits complicate travel to Cuba. Cubans, who had little access to the Internet, also found themselves able to browse online.

A recent Morning Consult poll found that 65 percent of Americans support keeping the policy changes put in place since the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba began on December 17, 2014.

Polls showed that most Americans - even many Miami exiles - agreed that the US embargo on Cuba was outdated. In the weeks after his election victory, Trump forcefully hinted at his plans for Cuba.

"By forbidding investment with the regime's military monopoly and empowering the Cuban people directly, the US sends the message that America stands firmly on the side of the oppressed, not the oppressor". Trump's order simply instructs his administration to begin drafting new rules within 30 days, with no set timeline for completion.

The Republican president's approach aims to curb the flow of American money in the military services, while maintaining diplomatic relations.

The changes that need to be made in Cuba, as those that have been made since 1959 and the ones that we are introducing now as part of the process to update our economic and social system, will continue to be sovereignly determined by the Cuban people. This is likely to affect pending hotel projects with Cuban companies that have ties to the military.

Joining Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the event were the architects of his Cuba policy, Sen. The ability of Americans to travel freely on vacation to the country will be scrapped.

Prominent Cuban-American Republican politicians, including Senator Marco Rubio and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, put aside any lingering differences with Trump to make the announcement, which is widely opposed by the vast majority of the American population as well as a wide variety of business groups, including the US Chamber of Commerce.

Cuba's foreign minister has rejected President Donald Trump's new policy toward the island, saying "we will never negotiate under pressure or under threat" and refusing to return USA fugitives who have received asylum in Cuba. While pushing for democratization is a valiant objective, by refusing to lift the embargo or temper the harsh rhetoric, the Trump administration's efforts are unlikely to cause democratization to occur.

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