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Cuba receives fuel shipment despite US Embargo

  • Written by wiredja.com - Calvin G. Brown
  • Published in Caribbean
Featured Cuba receives fuel shipment despite US Embargo
HAVANA, Sept. 18, 2019 – Despite U.S. sanctions on oil shipments to Cuba which are causing severe fuel shortage in the Caribbean nation, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez says the situation has eased with the arrival of a tanker from Venezuela with several million barrels of oil on September 14 as projected.

The Cuban president said the second stage of the response has begun, and is focused on ensuring that this limited supply of fuel lasts until deliveries arrive at the end of the month and in October, when the situation should return to normal.

“This fight will be won with much organization, much discipline, and by reinforcing austerity and conservation,” Díaz-Canel said, noting that the country has overcome this first stage of the fuel shortage with the least impact possible.

During a meeting to evaluate measures taken to address the difficult energy situation, the Cuban President insisted, “We are not going to stop dreaming. Our people will continue to be happy, hard-working, creative, and joyful. This is part of the determination we have expressed to never surrender.”

The President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers reiterated that the problem is a result of escalating hostility on the part of the United States toward the country, which has included the obstruction of fuel deliveries.

“They are bogged down In Venezuela,” he stated, “the Bolivarian people are defending their revolution, resisting pressures and economic sanctions of all kinds. So the U.S. wants to blame their failure there on Cuba, and discount the heroism of the Venezuelan people.”

“Given the empire’s inability to force them to their knees, they decided to increase pressure on Cuba, and spread the idea that problems here are the result of government incompetency,” he said.

In the meantime, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Monday denounced the imposition of stiff fines on vessels and shipping lines that supply fuel to Cuba, saying they were part of a larger plan to harm Cuba.

"Preventing fuel delivery to our country is part of the genocidal actions against Cuba. This harms our people and cause(s) hardships and difficulties that are currently affecting every Cuban family. The only one responsible is the U.S. government," Rodriguez said via Twitter.

Last week, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel unveiled a package of measures designed to cope with the fuel shortage, including temporarily scaling back production at several state-owned companies.

Also Monday, Rodriguez warned the U.S. government might try to distract attention from an economic downturn in the United States by creating conflicts abroad, days after U.S. Secretary of State blamed Iran for recent drone attacks on Saudi Oil facilities.

  • Countries: Cuba

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