New Trump Policy on Havana Regretful - Moscow

© AFP 2023 / YAMIL LAGE Cuban and US flags are seen outside the private restaurant La Moneda Cubana in Havana on March 17, 2016
Cuban and US flags are seen outside the private restaurant La Moneda Cubana in Havana on March 17, 2016 - Sputnik International
New policy of US President Donald Trump's administration regarding Cuba is regretful, brings back memories of the Cold War era, Russian Foreign Ministry’s Director of the Department of Latin America Alexander Schetinin said Saturday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Friday, US President Donald Trump announced that he was rolling back parts of the March 2016 deal between the administration of then President Barack Obama and the island nation. Cuba warned it would retaliate but promised to keep the channels of cooperation open.

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"The new policy, announced by the US president in relation to Cuba, brings us back to the already forgotten rhetoric in the Cold War style. Such policy characterized the US approach to Cuba for decades. It was believed that this was not a certain 'deal,' but a thoughtful political decision, in which there were no losers, except marginal "anti-Castrists." Now it turns out that the anti-Cuban discourse is still in high demand. This cannot but cause regret," Schetinin said.

Earlier, Trump signed an executive order to enact numerous immigration policies, including the construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border.

In December 2014, former US president Barack Obama announced that the United States would normalize relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of non-engagement and hostilities.

However, Trump has threatened to undo any deal Washington made with Havana if Cuba fails to take steps to improve the lives of the Cuban people.

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