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Russia criticizes US for 'anti-Cuban' approach, says it sides with Cuba

20 June 2017, 12:12 | Guillermo Sutton

The ministry also said that the new approach towards Cuba by the U.S. administration resembles a “Cold war rhetoric”

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And in symbolism that will not be lost in Havana, his crowd included veterans of the ill-fated Brigade 2506, which in 1961 launched the failed US -backed Bay of Pigs invasion.

At one point picking up Trump's trademark Twitter style, Rodriguez quoted the USA president's statement in Saudi Arabia that the U.S. is "not here to tell other people how to live", but that his Cuba announcement was "quite the opposite".

Emmer, who's been one of Trump's most enthusiastic backers on Capitol Hill, echoed Crawford's criticism, saying Trump's Cuba directive appears to be in violation of his promise to keep the American homeland safe. Even the Cuban-American population largely favored Obama's rapprochement with Cuba, with 51% of Cuban-Americans supporting it.

Carnival Corp. also said it was "pleased" the changes will allow its ships to continue to sail to Cuba.

Americans like Flynn and Sivan said they would not have undertaken the trip under the new rules, which make Communist-run Cuba more like the "forbidden island", just 90 miles from Florida.

"Cuba will make no concessions on its sovereignty and its independence, will not negotiate over its principles and will never accept [imposed] conditions", he added. "This represents a step backwards and a strong attack on the freedom of travel", said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai.

Trump said he would restrict U.S. tourist visits to the island, which had increased as part of cultural exchange travel approved by Obama.

Trump's speech before an audience that included people Cuba considers terrorists, included dramatic flourishes like a Cuban- American exile playing the US national anthem on his violin.

That was a fraction of the four million tourists who visited the island overall.

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"We have the patience, the resistance" to wait out Trump, said Rodriguez, who delivered the remarks in Vienna, Austria, as part of a European tour.

Restricting dealings involving entities related to the Cuban military, intelligence or security services -Depending on the final formulation of the administration's position, restrictions on dealings with the Cuban military and related agencies could have sweeping consequences.

If anything, a hardening of US policy on Cuba will prevent reforms and empower those who warned that the USA could not be trusted as an honest partner.

Frequently Asked Questions issued by OFAC contemporaneously with President Trump's speech highlight a number of areas in which the policy is likely to affect both individuals and companies that have been engaged in Cuba-related activities since the Obama administration began easing sanctions restrictions two years ago. "They are rejected officially today - rejected". "This is a clear and unwelcome reversal".

Worldwide human rights groups say, however, that renewed USA efforts to isolate the island could worsen the situation by empowering Cuban hard-liners. "And President Trump proposes to harden it". The response of the American people might be more surprising and may matter more to decision makers in D.C. Tourism is a force for good, it bridges gaps between cultures and empowers local people by creating jobs and income streams.

"He said he wanted to "do more to support the Cuban people and promote our values through engagement" because 'these 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked'".

Matthew D. Upchurch, Chairman and CEO of Virtuoso, had this to say: "My dad was an industry pioneer who worked to open new tourism markets in India and Africa. Exposure between people not only fosters understanding, but robs governments of the narrative that 'those people are evil'".

When Obama went to Cuba previous year, it was the first visit by an American president to Cuba in almost a century.



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