Moscow To Oppose Unilateral Sanctions On Cuba - Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 03rd November, 2018) Russia will not accept unilateral restrictive measures against Cuba which will violate international law as it was confirmed in a joint statement between the leaders of the respective states, the Russian Foreign Ministry told Sputnik on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez met in Russia's capital and said in a joint statement that Moscow and Cuba view the use of unilateral sanctions and unfounded accusations, as well as refusal to fulfill commitments under existing international agreements and treaties, as destabilizing factors on the global arena.

"This is our fundamental position related to the non-acceptance of unilateral coercive measures contrary to international law. This fully applies to any actions that are introduced in this capacity in respect of the Republic of Cuba. This position was reaffirmed today during the talks between the leaders of our two countries and enshrined in the joint statement on the common line in international affairs, signed today," Director of the ministry's Department of Latin America Aleksander Shchetinin said.

The UN General Assembly on Thursday voted in favor of lifting US trade embargo on Cuba for the 27th time, the official noted.

US President Donald Trump has re-imposed many restrictions on exchanges between the United States and Cuba that were eased under his predecessor then-President Barack Obama. Trump last month set new limits on US travelers to the island and banned payments to a military-linked organization that controls the island's tourist industry.

On Thursday, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said that Washington will ban transactions with more than 20 Cuban entities associated with the country's military and intelligence services.