Russian FM urges Trump to discard "Cold War" policy on Cuba

Ivan Schwartz
June 22, 2017

US President Donald Trump announced that he was reversing crucial pieces of what he called a "terrible and misguided deal" with Cuba and will reinstate travel and commercial restrictions eased by the previous administration, the media reported. He will not break the diplomatic ties Mr. Obama worked so carefully to restore, nor does he plan to impose new trade sanctions. United States airlines and cruise ships are to still be allowed to serve the island 145km south of Florida.

Parts of the pact are likely to remain in place, including the reopened United States embassy in Cuba's capital, Havana, and the restoration of relations between U.S. and Cuba.

The administration, according to one White House official, also does not intend to "disrupt" existing business ventures such as one struck under Obama by Starwood Hotels, which is owned by Marriott International Inc, to manage a Havana hotel.

As a result, the changes - though far-reaching - appear to be less sweeping than many advocates had feared.

Implying that Obama's Administration was covering up for the Castro regime's Human Rights violations.

The United States severed its ties with Cuba in 1961, shortly after Fidel Castro launched a revolution that toppled a US -friendly government, and the two countries had been at loggerheads ever since.

Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday President Trump's policy changes on America's relationship with Cuba were "very appropriate", and explained why the USA needs to take a tougher stance when it comes to dealing with the communist country.

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"We will not lift sanctions on the Cuban regime until all political prisoners are freed, freedoms of assembly and expression are respected, all political parties are legalised and free and internationally supervised elections are scheduled", Trump said.

The Cuban government, which has made clear it will not be pressured into reforms, had no immediate comment.

Mr. Trump flew to Miami's Little Havana, spiritual home of the Cuban-American community, to denounce his predecessor's "one-sided" settlement and pledge to work for Cuba's freedom.

But the new measures are likely to have dampening effect on USA nationals traveling to Cuba.

The full scope of the new policy remains to be seen, as the Treasury and Commerce Departments will release precise regulations within 30 days. No deadline has been set, the officials said.

But they will burden the USA government with the complicated task of policing Americans' travel to Cuba to make sure there are no transactions with the military-linked conglomerate that runs much of the Cuban economy.

During a speech Friday in Miami, Trump portrayed his updated policy as the fulfillment of a campaign promise to reverse Obama's diplomatic rapprochement with Cuba after decades of estrangement. President Trump is en route to Miami, where he'll announce his plans for halting the f. This could make it easier for dissidents to organize, and other Cubans to utilize information sources not controlled by the state.

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