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

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a document after announcing his Cuba policy at the Manuel Artime Theater in the Little Havana neighborhoo

He said they would instead create unity behind the communist leadership.

Critics also point to Trump's own businesses, which might have had commercial ties to Cuba before it was legal.

Trump's revised approach calls for stricter enforcement of a longtime ban on Americans going to Cuba as tourists, and seeks to prevent US dollars from being used to fund what the Trump administration sees as a repressive military-dominated government. "We have never done in the history of the revolution". Last week, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to back new sanctions on Russian Federation. But it makes some exceptions, including for air and sea travel, according to US officials.

In turn, airlines and USA hotel chains began investing resources in Cuba, while chicken, grain and other agricultural producers from the US exported tons of products to Cuba.

As a result, the changes - though far-reaching - appear to be less sweeping than many U.S.pro-engagement advocates had feared. "So, the silver lining is that it's still very much possible to travel to Cuba-the options have simply become more limited". The effort took place "with Trump's knowledge" through a US consulting firm, the magazine said.

The US policy on Cuba has been a failure, as admitted even by Obama himself after he chose to normalize US diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2015.

Under the Obama administration thaw, trade and financial services restrictions were eased, allowing Americans to send unlimited money to private Cuban nationals back home. "The fact that Obama's approach hasn't led to political reform in Cuba after just a few years isn't reason to return to a policy that proved a costly failure over many decades".

Mr. Emmer, one of Mr. Trump's biggest supporters on Capitol Hill, picked up on Crawford's criticism, saying the new directive could violate his promise to provide security in the United States.

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Trump's announced changes do not take effect until OFAC issues new regulations, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which will be issued in the next several months. Castro's government has clearly stated it does not intend to change its one-party political system. China. What did Business Insider have to say about Cuba and Russian Federation in September 2016?

Trump said his measures aimed at punishing the Castro regime, which Washington accuses of mistreating political dissidents.

He added that Trump's decision "is about USA national interests but also about the interests of humanity - these poor people".

The Cuban government, which has made clear it will not be pressured into reforms, had no immediate comment.

According to Anadolu Agency, under the new rules, Americans will not be able to do business with any entity controlled by the Cuban military's Grupo de Administración Empresarial (GAESA).

"It was a grotesque spectacle from the Cold War", Rodriguez said of Trump's speech. Russia's state-owned oil company, Rosneft, announced in early-May its deal with the Cuban government to supply 250,000 tonnes of oil and diesel fuel to the nation, Reuters reports. That change is likely to significantly curtail US tourism on the island as GAESA has a near monopoly on retail stores, and controls a large swath of foreign-run hotels in the country. When it comes to Cuba, the massive and systematic harm to human rights comes from the blockade.

Because of that, Trump has restored some, but not all, of the economic and travel restrictions in place before Obama's action.

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