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Cuba commented on new US sanctions

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said at the UN General Assembly that the next package of restrictive measures on the part of the United States is doing great damage to non-state companies in the country.

“The new measures most strongly affect the private sector of our economy,” the minister said.

According to Parilla, the ongoing trade and financial blockade of Cuba remains the main obstacle to the development of the country.

Earlier, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez called the intensification of the blockade by the United States and blackmail of companies and carriers working with Cuba cruel and similar to genocide.

According to him, the actions of the United States have a devastating effect on the delivery of food to the country, public and official transport, and electricity generation during peak hours.

The response of the Cuban leader was in response to the actions of the US Treasury, which expanded the sanctions list with new companies and vessels engaged in the transportation of oil from Venezuela to Cuba.

Earlier this year, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States will not postpone the application of the Helms Burton Act of 1996, which applies economic restrictions not only to Cuba, but also to foreign companies cooperating with it, including for the extraction the benefits of property seized after the revolution from US citizens.

All US presidents have consistently postponed the operation of this law due to objections from countries that have economic relations with Cuba.

Federica Mogherini, head of EU diplomacy, said that the US decision to enact the law on the application of sanctions against companies working with Cuba undermines transatlantic confidence, and the EU intends to protect itself from such unilateral measures.

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