Cuba accused the United States Government of carrying out "unconventional illegal actions" for the sanctions issued on Tuesday against six oil tankers of the state-owned company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) that transported oil to the island.
"I denounce new unconventional illegal actions by the US government aimed at depriving #Cuba of the oil supply," wrote the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Caribbean country, Bruno Rodriguez, in his official Twitter account.
The Cuban foreign minister considered that the measures announced by the US Department of the Treasury are "gansterile practices of threat and punishment against legitimate commercial relations between sovereign states."
Washington considered that the transport of crude from Venezuela to Cuba is a violation of the US-imposed oil embargo. against the Government of President Nicolás Maduro.
"Cuba and the old Maduro regime continue trying to avoid sanctions by changing the names of ships and facilitating the movement of oil from Venezuela to Cuba," Deputy Treasury Secretary Justin Muzinich said in a statement.
According to the administration of Donald Trump, the ships left Venezuela in the fall of 2019 and delivered to the state-owned company Cubametales about 1.3 million barrels of crude.
The Treasury said the measure seeks to underline "the corrupt mechanisms used to transfer oil to the Cuban regime in response to assistance in intelligence and security, one of the remaining sources of support for the former and illegitimate Maduro regime in Venezuela."
Last week the US Government He announced sanctions against the Pan American Corporation – based in Havana -, accused of being used by the state-owned company Cubametales as an intermediary for the purchase of Venezuelan oil.
President Trump's government imposed sanctions in July on Cubametales, the company responsible for guaranteeing total fuel imports and exports to and from Cuba, whose main supplier is Venezuela.
In the last months the USA He has applied new sanctions against the island that have had a severe impact on the Cuban economy, in retaliation for Cuba's alleged interference in the Venezuelan crisis and its seamless support for President Nicolás Maduro.
Since arriving at the White House in January 2017, President Donald Trump has toughened the policy towards Cuba with reductions in diplomatic personnel, increased trade embargo, restrictions on cruises and limits on travel by Americans to the island.
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