Russian Federation urges Trump to discard 'Cold War' policy on Cuba

Posted June 20, 2017

Below is the full statement released Friday by the Cuban government.

"President Obama's policy with Cuba was a one-sided affair, there was no give and take".

"By rolling back and tightening restrictions on U.S. -Cuba relations, the President is closing the door on positive opportunities that enable the travel and tourism industry to grow and compete with others around the globe", said Dale.

Arizona senator Jeff Flake, who has often criticized Trump during the presidential campaign, said in a statement that any change in policy "that diminishes the ability of Americans to travel freely to Cuba was not In the best interests of the United States or the Cuban people. While today is a setback, we will continue to advocate toward Cuba travel freedom and look forward to the day it becomes reality", it said. These measures are a sop to hard-line dead-enders that loathe diplomatic engagement and never wanted an opening to Cuba at all, and by caving once again to foreign policy hard-liners Trump has shown his own weakness and poor judgment. The Obama administration, as part of its rapprochement with the government of Raul Castro, created more categories of "general" licenses under which people could "self-certify", essentially by checking off a box at their airport departure gate.

Critics also point to Trump's own businesses, which might have had commercial ties to Cuba before it was legal.

While Trump will not shut down the embassies in Cuba, and plans to keep the diplomatic lines open, he is reversing Obama Administration directives that allowed companies to work with Cuba's Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group and allowed U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba for people-to-people reasons.

"There will be little impact on the United States economy", said Michael Shifter, a specialist at the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based research group. Remittances to Cuba won't be cut off.

The Government of Cuba rejects political manipulation and double standards in human rights. He has already pulled the United States out of a major global climate treaty and is trying to scrap his predecessor's landmark healthcare program. Cuba, with its modest resources, has also contributed to the improvement of the human rights situation in many countries of the world, despite the limitations inherent to its condition as a blockaded country.

"The US is not in a position to lecture us". Chesimard was convicted of murdering a police officer.

Moreover, Obama's efforts allowed Americans to use credit and debit cards in the country and to send money to relatives in Cuba from the United States.

"It's a bit hypocritical how the USA government addresses human rights violations in different countries", she said. Although the law would largely codify and impose new targeted sanctions against Iran, the most striking features of the law would be those that significantly expand the scope of current USA sanctions against Russian Federation and impose procedural requirements on the president's ability unilaterally to lift those sanctions. Cuba has not renounced these principles, nor will it ever do so.

A requirement that the president submit regular reports to Congress addressing the coordination of sanctions between the U.S. and European Union for activity related to weapons of mass destruction, worldwide terrorism or human rights abuses.

"Cuba will not make concessions that harm its sovereignty", Rodriguez said. According to him, the president's policy could put national security at risk while other competitors will try to fill the gap left by the Americans.

And the three added: "Soon the Cuban people will be free".