First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Vladimir Titov said on Tuesday that Russia does not accept the use of unilateral sanctions against Cuba. He made such a statement during his visit to the island and meeting with the head of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Bruno Rodriguez.
“There was a categorical rejection of the practice of applying sanctions that contradict the norms of international unilateral law, and a solidarity position was confirmed on the need to immediately lift the trade, economic and financial blockade of the island by the United States,” the statement says. message Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.
The parties also confirmed their commitment to further strengthening cooperation between countries in various fields.
Earlier that day, the U.S. Department of State announced on the expansion of sanctions against Cuba, which will also affect high-ranking officials of the country’s Interior Ministry and the military. The statement notes that visa restrictions were introduced against those who are involved in the actions of the Cuban authorities against the opposition, and on November 15 they called on residents to take part in a mass protest.
The sanctions find the blocking of the property and rights of these persons and organizations, as well as the prohibition of persons with US jurisdiction from dealing with property, with individuals and legal entities. The restrictions are of a formal nature, since the Cuban Interior Ministry and its leadership have no assets in the States.
On September 7, US President Joe Biden extended the trade embargo against Cuba for another year.
Washington imposed sanctions against Cuba for the first time in 1960, in 1961 the countries broke off diplomatic relations, in 1962 the sanctions were tightened to the level of an almost complete embargo. Cessation of Cuba’s cooperation with other countries is required as a condition for lifting the sanctions of the United States of America.
However, in December 2014, at that time, US President Barack Obama and President of the State of Cuba Raul Castro announced the start of the resumption of diplomatic relations. The US administration has lifted a number of sanctions against Cuba and measures to improve relations. At the same time, President Donald Trump, who was next after Obama, returned many sanctions against Cuba. In particular, the trade embargo imposed by Congress remained unchanged.