Russian Federation says Trump is using 'Cold War rhetoric' on Cuba

Jun 20, 2017, 00:14
Russian Federation says Trump is using 'Cold War rhetoric' on Cuba

Below is the full statement released Friday by the Cuban government. As part of Trump's move, the U.S. State Department will create a list of Cuban entities with military ties so U.S. travelers know the establishments they are now expected to avoid.

He announced his government's Cuba policy, which rolls back the progress achieved over the last two years since December 17, 2014, when Presidents Raúl Castro and Barack Obama announced the decision to re-establish diplomatic relations and engage in a process towards the normalization of bilateral relations.

United President Donald Trump's speech on Cuba was a "grotesque spectacle" straight out of the Cold War and will strengthen patriotism on the island, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said at a news conference on Monday.

The Trump Administration argues that very real human rights dilemmas in Cuba justify resuming embargo policies.

Lawrence Ward, a partner at the global law firm Dorsey & Whitney in Washington, said that while what Trump said "was a direct rebuke of the Obama administration's loosening of sanctions against Cuba", the announcement did not "make clear precisely what will change and how, but does emphasize that the United States does not want to enrich and empower the Cuban military".

President Trump says that Cuba's bad human rights record justifies a return to Cuba sanctions and travel prohibitions. The Directive also conceded that the blockade is an obsolete policy and that it should be lifted.

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Trump has called for the strictest application of all US law regarding tourism to Cuba, trade, and investment.

On Cuba, Trump's company actively pursued doing business on the island in 1998, according to a September 2016 Newsweek article.

"Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba", Trump said to a group of mostly Cuban Americans in Miami.

Rodriguez reportedly told journalists on Monday in Vienna that "there will not be a presidential directive from the USA that will alter the direction of Cuba".

Later on, we shall make a deeper analysis of the scope and implications of the announcement.

It was probably the first time for Trump to pose himself as a human rights champion. "These persons will not be returned to the United States". Therefore, if the United States would change its behavior and embrace the regime, then the regime would respond in kind. We export our soybeans, and the products that our soybeans go into, like meat and cooking oils and others.

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It should be recalled that Cuba is a State Party to 44 global human rights instruments, while the USA is only a State Party to 18.

"If we come again, we will probably sneak in", she said.

The US policy on Cuba has been a failure, as admitted even by Obama himself after he chose to normalize US diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2015.

At the other end of the spectrum, the UNWTO said it condemns the U.S. Administration's decision to restore travel restrictions with Cuba, issuing a statement expressing its "firm resentment" over the decision. Cuba has not renounced these principles, nor will it ever do so.

Cuba would "continue the respectful dialogue and the cooperation in matters of common interest", it said. Many work in tourism: setting up restaurants in their homes, driving tourists around town in their decades-old cars, or acting as translators or tour guides.

The Castro dictatorship changed from Fidel to Raul, but that's only a matter of stationery, not policy and improvements for the Cuban people.

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"Cuban tourism isn't exclusively dependent on the U.S. market, but it's an increasingly important market", says Michael Bustamante, an assistant professor of history at Florida International University.

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