Tabnak – In his latest controversial move in the field of foreign policy, US President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he would cancel the US-Cuba agreement signed under Obama, as he finds it "one-sided.” The declaration has caused reactions both home and abroad as it’s a new sign of Trump’s reckless foreign policy viewpoints.
While saying that he would cancel a "one-sided” US deal with Cuba by imposing travel and trade restrictions on the island nation, Trump claimed that former President Barack Obama’s approach on the country allowed the Cuban government to benefit from increased tourism.
Speaking to Cuban-American exiles in Miami, Florida, Trump ordered tighter restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and a clampdown on US businessmen doing business with companies allegedly controlled by the Cuban military, Press TV reported.
There will be no lifting of US sanctions against Cuba "until all political prisoners are free, freedom of expression and assembly are respected, all political parties are legalized, and free and internationally supervised elections are scheduled," Trump declared.
The Government of Cuba however condemned the new measures to tighten the blockade, called them "doomed to failure, as has been repeatedly evidenced in the past, for they will not succeed in their purpose to weaken the Revolution or bend the Cuban people, whose resistance against aggressions of all sorts and origins has been put to the test throughout almost six decades.”
The Cuban government’s declaration further adds that "the United States are not in the position to teach us lessons. We have serious concerns about the respect for and guarantees of human rights in that country… there is a threat to impose more restrictions on medical services, which will leave 23 million persons without health insurance; there is unequal pay between men and women; migrants and refugees, particularly those who come from Islamic countries, are marginalized.”
On the other hand, among foreign reactions, Russia criticized Trump's policy reversal on Cuba, saying launching a regretful barrage of verbal attacks by the White House on the Caribbean island's leaders is but reminiscent of the bygone "Cold War era."
"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," said the Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement published on its website on Sunday.
Aljazeera indicates in a report that it's difficult to predict what sort of impact these new measures are likely to have upon the future of Cuba. Based on decades of experience, we can be almost certain that they will not do much damage to those who decide the destinies of the more than 11 million men, women and children who inhabit the island.
It should be noted that Despite Obama’s effort to improve ties, the Republican-dominated Congress has refused to lift Washington’s 57-year-old embargo against Havana, which makes it illegal for US corporations to do business with Cuba.
The United States broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961 and placed an official embargo against the country in 1962. The two countries became ideological foes soon after the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power and their ties remained hostile even after the end of the Cold War.