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Washington imposes sanctions on Raul Castro

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — US authorities, the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Raul Castro and his family, have been added to the sanctions list for “involvement in human rights violations.”

“The US State Department has officially added Raul Modesto Castro Rose, first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, to the sanctions list,” said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo said Castro’s closest relatives, especially his sons, were included in US sanctions.

Earlier, the US authorities announced the expulsion of two staff members of the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations, which prompted the Cuban Foreign Ministry to condemn the US decision.

At the beginning of 2019, Raul Castro announced that Cuba is ready to establish mutual respectful relations with the United States.

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