Cuba slams latest US sanctions against island

A woman holds a portrait of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel during an act of revolutionary reaffirmation in Havana, on July 17, 2021. (YAMIL LAGE / AFP)

HAVANA – Cuba on Thursday denounced the latest sanctions imposed against the island by the current US administration.

"I refute the unfounded and slanderous US government sanctions against Army Corp General Alvaro Lopez Miera and the National Special Brigade," Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez posted on Twitter.

"I denounce that the State Dept is exercising offensive and humiliating pressures on European countries, particularly 6 from Eastern Europe, and 8 from Latin America, to force them to support a declaration condemning Cuba," he added.

Earlier in the day, the US Treasury Department announced sanctions against Miera and an elite military unit popularly known as the "black wasps" for their participation in the "rebuke" of protests this month in Cuba.

The new sanctions come amid the worst outbreak of COVID-19 Cuba has seen to date, with a rise in infections, deaths and hospitalizations.

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