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The Trump administration on Thursday imposed new sanctions against Cuba’s Communist party leader Raul Castro, due to “gross violations of human rights.” This is how the USA is trying to ramp up the pressure on Castro about his support of Venezuela’s controversial socialist President Nicolás Maduro.
President Obama restored diplomatic relations with Cuba established in the year 2015, after more than five decades of hostility, but since then the President has a Trump imposed a series of sanctions and travel restrictions.
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“The Cuban regime-failure to respect human rights and the use of violence in support of the former Maduro regime are responsible for the ongoing crises in Cuba and Venezuela,” Secretary Mike Pompeo said on Thursday on Twitter.
Under the sanctions, Castro and his closest family members are excluded from entry into the United States “As the First Secretary of the Cuban Communist party, Raul Castro, a system that arbitrarily, thousands of Cubans engages and holds currently more than 100 political prisoners,” Pompeo said in a statement. supervised Pompeo further accused Castro in “gross human rights violations” in Venezuela, including torture.
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“Castro is complicit in Venezuela to undermine the democracy and the triggering of the hemisphere, the largest humanitarian crisis, forcing the 15 percent of the Venezuelan population flee the country and precipitated a shortage of food and the health crisis of unprecedented scale in this region,” Pompeo continued.
The move came two days after the trump suit, in a speech at the United Nations, suggested Maduro.
“The dictator Maduro is a Cuban puppet, protected by Cuban bodyguards, hiding from his own people, while the Cuban Venezuelan oil wealth to plunder to maintain their own corrupt Communist rule,” the President said.
It also came a week after the State Department, two members of Cuba’s mission to the U. N. for the execution of espionage operations on American soil. be referenced The remaining members of the Cuban mission was also prevented from leaving Manhattan.
Cuba has suffered major gas shortages because of a US policy of sanctions against ships that bring crude oil from Venezuela. Cuba relies on Venezuela for about 60 percent of its daily oil consumption.
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