Cuba grateful for Russia’s position on US sanctions pressure — Foreign Ministry

Cuba is grateful to Russia for its position on the United States’ sanctions pressure on Havana, the Cuban Foreign Ministry said on Twitter on Friday.

"Cuba expresses gratitude to Russia’s government, parliament, state agencies and people for their constant solidarity and support of demands to put an end to the United States’ blockade and abolish the Helms-Burton Act," the tweet reads.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during his July visit to Cuba that the United States’ trade blockade was absolutely unacceptable. He also pointed out that by activating Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, the US once again showed disregard for international law as it sought to apply national laws extraterritorially.

US sanctions on Cuba

The United States severed diplomatic ties with Cuba in 1961 in response to the nationalization of American property on the island. Washington later enforced a trade and economic embargo on Havana.

In December 2014, then US President Barack Obama admitted that Washington’s previous policy towards Cuba was not working and announced a new policy aimed at mending bilateral relations and easing sanctions. However, the rapprochement policy was rejected by Donald Trump. He tightened the rules for Americans travelling to Cuba and imposed a ban on doing business with organizations controlled by the Cuban military.

Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, which makes it possible for US nationals to file lawsuits over property confiscated in Cuba in the past, had been continuously suspended by US presidential administrations since 1996 but Donald Trump moved to lift the suspension.

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Cuban leader invited to visit Russia

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel is invited to visit Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists in reply to the question about a possible meeting between Russian and Cuban leaders.

"He [Diaz-Canel] has an invitation to visit Russia," Lavrov said on the outcomes of the talks with his Cuban colleague Bruno Rodriguez on the margins of the UN General Assembly’s session.

"Today, we have considered upcoming contacts planned at a political level, including in the context of discussing the current issues of our economic cooperation," Lavrov added, commenting on the outcomes of the meeting. "We are preparing a session of the intergovernmental commission. Of course, we have discussed the coordination of actions at the UN."

Miguel Diaz-Canel replaced Raul Castro as President of Cuba’s Council of State and President of the Republic of Cuba in April 2018.

Russia, Cuba Foreign Ministers Strengthen Strategic Partnership

Russia and Cuba have strengthened their strategic relations on Tuesday through a meeting of their Foreign Ministers, Serguei Lavrov and Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, respectively, on the margins of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.

During the meeting there was a substantive exchange of views on current issues of the Russian-Cuban strategic partnership, including regional and international matters.

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The meeting paid special attention to the development of economic-commercial and humanitarian relations, as well as to the improvement of the legal basis of the agreements between both nations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

'The foreign ministers were glad to point out that Russia and Cuba maintain the intensive dynamic of political dialogue, and they confirmed a mutual desire to increase interaction in the UN and other multilateral platforms,' the Ministry added.

The 73rd session of the United Nations General Affairs began its high level program this Tuesday.

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