Cuba rejected “categorically” this Saturday the “excuses and unfounded accusations” of Bolivia to suspend relations with the Caribbean State, denied responsibility for the decision and accused the interim Government of Jeanine Áñez of trying to deteriorate ties.
“Cuba rejects pretexts and unfounded accusations of coup authorities in Bolivia to suspend diplomatic relations. Since their violent eruption in power, they have developed systematic actions to deteriorate bilateral ties,” said Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez on Twitter.
La Paz announced Friday that it would suspend diplomatic ties with Cuba – without being a total rupture – due to “the permanent hostility and constant grievances” expressed by Rodriguez in several tweets in which he uses a hard language against Áñez.
After being silent for more than a day, the Cuban Foreign Minister insisted on Twitter that “hostility and offenses” have not left Havana, but the Bolivian interim government, which he accuses of giving a coup against the former president Evo Morales, close ally of Cuba.
“We have acted with patience and prudence, avoiding confrontation despite the reproachable performance of the coup plotters,” Rodriguez wrote.
In an extensive statement issued on Saturday, the Cuban Foreign Ministry insisted that it “categorically rejects” this escalation of tension in the already delicate relationship between the two countries, faced since the Bolivian interim executive took a radical turn to foreign policy regarding the Morales stage.
He also accused La Paz of giving in to pressure from the United States to break ties between the two nations.
Bilateral tension broke out after a tweet by the Cuban Foreign Minister in which he denounced the “vulgar lies of the self-proclaimed coup in Bolivia”, referring to the transitional president, Jeanine Áñez, who questioned the work of the “false Cuban doctors” in that territory .
The Bolivian Foreign Ministry sent a letter to Rodriguez expressing his “deep annoyance and rejection” for these words.
DOCTORS IN THE DISCORD CENTER
Last November, Cuba withdrew from Bolivia for security reasons the more than 700 professionals of the island who served in that country, mostly in the health sector.
The decision was the culmination of the controversial detention days before, by the Bolivian police, of several Cuban doctors who were initially accused of promoting protests in favor of Evo Morales, something that the Cuban government denied categorically .
Jeanine Áñez also accused her predecessor of financing the Cuban Government through payments to medical collaboration, a claim that Havana denies clarifying that the stipend of the island specialists was lower than those of Bolivians.
“We are not used to disclosing what medical cooperation costs us,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the island, in which it details that from 2006 to 2012, Cuba “assumed all the costs of cooperation with Bolivia worth more than 200 million dollars annually. “
Taking into account “the favorable situation of the Bolivian economy,” since 2012 the South American country has borne the costs of providing medical services, “but never transferred a dollar to Cuba or received any income,” the text highlights.