Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answer to a question from Prensa Latina news agency
Question: The United States is toughening its sanctions pressure on Cuba. In light of the coronavirus pandemic spreading around the world, the traditional vote on a resolution to lift the US embargo against Cuba at the UN General Assembly has been postponed from November 2020 to April 2021. What is your position on the toughening of the US embargo against Cuba?
Sergey Lavrov: We condemn Washington’s inhuman and illegitimate policy on Cuba. The illegal sanctions pressure imposed on it is infringing on the natural inalienable rights of not only Cuban but also American citizens and is in flagrant violation of the fundamental principles of the UN Charter.
This has become especially clear now that all countries should be displaying political will, wisdom and foresight amid the spreading coronavirus infection, abandoning the practice of trade wars and sanctions to join forces in the fight against this common threat based on mutual understanding, solidarity and support.
Regardless of this, Washington has yet again acted in accordance with its belief in its exceptionalism and all-permissiveness, exacerbating anti-Cuba hysteria and continuing to toughen the trade, economic and financial blockade of the island despite the international condemnation of these activities, as is evident from the almost unanimous vote of the UN General Assembly on the draft resolution on ending the US embargo against Cuba.
I would like to point out once again that Russia is always prepared to provide whatever support the Republic of Cuba, which is our strategic partner and friend, may need.