US will restrict imports of alcohol and tobacco from Cuba

US President Donald Trump has announced new sanctions against Cuba. This was reported by The Hill on Wednesday, September 23.

According to the announced restrictions, United States residents will not be able to book rooms in public hotels in Cuba. In addition, imports of alcohol and tobacco products from the country will be limited in the U.S.

“These actions guarantee that US dollars will not finance the Cuban regime,” Trump said.

The American leader also called these measures “the ongoing struggle against communist oppression. As emphasized in the U.S. Treasury Department, the sanctions are designed to “deprive the Cuban regime of sources of income.

On September 10, Donald Trump extended the powers under the 1917 law, which allows him to comply with the embargo against Cuba and to authorize certain transactions.

In June this year, Cuba criminalized the U.S. decision to add seven Cuban organizations to the sanctions list during the pandemic.

In October 2019, the United States suspended flights to Cuban airports, with the exception of José Marti Air Harbor. Restrictions were also imposed on the entry of Cuban officials into the country.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that the U.S. deliberately violates human rights when it imposes sanctions on Cuba.

The rupture of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba occurred in 1961. The U.S. imposed trade and economic sanctions against the country. In 2014, former U.S. President Barack Obama announced the easing of sanctions against Cuba.