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Russia calls for US blockade of Cuba to be lifted fully and immediately

November 01, 19:42 UTC+3

The US economic embargo against Cuba is "the most egregious example of sanctions interference in domestic affairs of a sovereign state," Russia’s permanent representative to the UN said

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THE UNITED NATIONS, November 1. /TASS/. Russia calls for the US’ blockade of Cuba to be lifted in full and immediately and views the trade embargo as an example of "rude sanctions interference" in affairs of a sovereign state, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said at a UN General Assembly session on Wednesday.

The Russian ambassador said that Moscow would vote in favor of the resolution urging to lift the trade embargo imposed on Havana.

"The position of the Russian Federation has remained steadfast and persistent with regard to the draft resolution. We vehemently call for an immediate end to the US blockade, imposed on Cuba nearly 60 years ago, in all its manifestations and thus show solidarity with the overwhelming majority of the international community."

The US economic embargo against Cuba "is not only a relic of the past, but obviously, the most egregious example of sanctions interference in domestic affairs of a sovereign state," Nebenzya said.

The embargo has been hampering Cuba’s social and economic growth, has been damaging the Cubans’ lawful interests and rights to dignified lives and besides, has remained "a manifestation of the policy that runs counter to legal, human and humanitarian values," he said.

"Proceeding from utter futility, injustice and senselessness of this discriminatory practice, we view it as a challenge to the entire system of international relations which undermines the foundations of global and regional stability and imposes sanctions as a norm of life," Nebenzya said.

The Russian diplomat said with regret that "the expected full revival of relations between the US-Cuban has failed to take place after the new administration had come to Washington."

"On the contrary, we are watching an evident pullout, the movement blocking issues crucial for both sides, escalation in the relations and on the whole, deterioration of previous ties," he said noting that on Wednesday the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley had been advancing "hostile rhetoric in the Cold War style."

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