Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

New Trump Policy on Havana Regretful - Moscow

New Trump Policy on Havana Regretful - Moscow

Cuban President Raul Castro visited Russian Federation in 2015 while President Vladimir Putin visited the island on a tour of Latin America in 2014, meeting both the president and the revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, who died previous year.

The Obama administration argued that decades of isolation had failed to produce changes in the Cuban regime and sought a diplomatic and economic opening between the nations.

Trump criticized former President Barack Obama's policy of not helping Cubans.

First, what did Obama's reforms with Cuba do?

One day after U.S. President Trump unveiled new restrictions on travel and business in Cuba - reversing some Obama-era Cuba policies. On Thursday, seven Republican lawmakers from outside Florida whose districts see agricultural, industrial or commercial opportunities in Cuba wrote Trump to argue that keeping a foothold Cuba is important for USA national security. Cubans, who had little access to the Internet, also found themselves able to browse online.

USA companies active in Cuba have complained about the threat to business - such as the Starwood hotel chain which a year ago opened a Sheraton in Havana. They could make traveling to Cuba more hard for passengers, who would be subject to audit by the Treasury Department to ensure their trips to Cuba fall into one of the 12 acceptable purposes.

The policy changes partially fulfilled a campaign promise by Trump and aligned him with hawkish Cuban-American Republicans in the US Congress. Why give credit to a country where the people don´t see a penny?

Trump's primary objective is to keep money out of the hands of Cuba's military and intelligence services.

According to a statement by the White House, US individuals and companies will be prohibited from doing commerce with Cuban businesses owned by the Cuban military, Xinhua news agency reported.

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The policy risks harming independent business people by restoring a requirement for most American travelers to visit Cuba as part of tightly regulated tour groups. The ability of Americans to travel freely on vacation to the country will be scrapped.

In writing new rules, the Treasury Department is expected to spell out exactly what will happen to people who book trips before the new rules, but travel after their release. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who helped craft the new regulations, said at Friday's event with Trump.

The new embassies in Washington and Havana will remain open, and restrictions on goods will stay the same. Outside of Miami, Trump faced opposition in the USA agricultural sector.

The Web 20Minutos headlines: Cuba reacts and rejects measures announced by Trump: they will not achieve their objective of weakening the Revolution or bending the Cuban people.

"You have not betrayed us".

But groups both here in the United States and the Cuban government expressed some reservations.

But he did tighten rules for Americans travelling to Cuba, ban ties with a military-run tourism firm and reaffirm the existing US trade embargo, which will be firmly enforced.

"Once again, the US Government is resorting to its coercive methods of the past", the Cuban government outlined in an official statement issued on national TV.

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