The Cuban government “strongly” rejected the sanctions announced this Wednesday by the United States Department of State, which added seven Cuban entities to a “black list” of firms with which Americans are prohibited from making any transaction.
“I strongly reject sanctions announced by Secretary (Mike) Pompeo #EEUU against 7 #Cuba entities, designed to affect Cuban families,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez wrote on his Twitter account.
El gobierno imperial aplica nuevas sanciones que afectan al pueblo cubano, mientras que el pueblo norteamericano es duramente azotado por la pandemia y la escalada racista. Que gobierno tan inmoral, prepotente y perverso. Aquí no se rinde nadie #NoMásBloqueo pic.twitter.com/cFtOwVCJMN
— Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) June 4, 2020
The Cuban foreign minister described as “shameful and criminal” the strengthening of the economic, financial and commercial embargo the Washington government applies to the Caribbean country in the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those actions affect three hotels, two diving centers and a marine park for tourists, as well as the financial institution Fincimex, which will be prohibited from doing business with companies or U.S. citizens, under the pretext that they are owned by the military.
Since arriving at the White House in 2017, the current U.S. administration, led by the Republican Trump, has reversed the approach to Cuba that had been promoted by his predecessor, Barack Obama, and has strengthened the Cuba policy.
This rollback has led to measures such as the reduction of diplomatic personnel at the U.S. embassy in Havana, and the strengthening of the economic, commercial and financial embargo against Cuba, with the prohibition of cruise trips and more restrictions on visits by Americans, among other measures.