16 Nov 2017 14:40

U.S. measures are new barriers to Cuban socio-economic development - Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW. Nov 16 (Interfax) - Moscow regrets the United States' decision to tighten the embargo on Cuba, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"The steps approved by the current U.S. administration can only cause disappointment. This is yet another manifestation of a rollback in Cuban-American relations and the curtailing of a significant number of positive projects achieved during a not very long-lasting process of movement toward normalizing ties between Havana and Washington," the ministry said in a statement published on its website on Thursday.

The anti-Cuban steps planned by the U.S. Department of State, the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Commerce in pursuance of President Donald Trump's statement in June on reviewing the policy toward Havana took effect on November 9.

"Such discriminatory actions raise new barriers for Cuba's socio-economic development in line with the U.S.' course toward tightening sanction pressure on the island, which was manifested in the outcome of the November 1 vote on a resolution of the 72nd UN General Assembly session titled 'Necessity of ending the economic, commercial, and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba,' which the U.S. opposed, contrary to its position last year [with 191 states voting for it]," the ministry said.