The U.S. State Department included in its list of restrictions five other sub-entities belonging to the Cuban Army, as published in its website.
The new Cuban companies added to this list are: Hotel Santa Isabel (Havana), Hotel El Caney Varadero and Meliá Marina Varadero Apartamentos (Varadero), Aerogaviota, a Cuban airline.AT Comercial, a trading company belonging to the Gaviota Tourism Group, which provides hotel supplies and services.
More than 200 entities, including ministries, hotels, public and security institutions, companies and service providers, have been included since 2017 in this list of prohibitions on financial transactions with U.S. citizens.
Reactions from Cuba and Venezuela
In a meeting at the Cuban Embassy with ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez called for “stopping the dangerous escalation of the U.S. against Cuba” and denounced “the manifest will of the U.S. government to increase confrontation and bilateral tension” in retaliation for the support shown by the government of Miguel Diaz-Canel to that of his Venezuelan counterpart.
En encuentro en @CubaMINREX con 87 Embajadores y Jefes de Misiones Diplomáticas, hice un llamado a detener la peligrosa escalada de #EEUU contra #Cuba y denuncié la voluntad manifiesta del gobierno estadounidense de incrementar la confrontación y la tensión bilateral. pic.twitter.com/ZmNBDRes1a
— Bruno Rodríguez P (@BrunoRguezP) 25 de abril de 2019
For his part, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, during an intervention last Wednesday at a high-level meeting at the headquarters of the United Nations (UN) in New York, expressed that “multilateralism cannot pretend to bend, based on pressure and extortion” to the countries that have expressed their support for Venezuela.
In the same way, he expressed his solidarity with Cuba, “which is being subject to resuscitated laws to impose and strengthen the blockade they have suffered for more than 60 years” and which has intensified through new unilateral sanctions.