Russia Rejects Application of Title III of Anti-Cuban Law

By Antonio Rondon Garcia, Moscow, Mar 5 ( Prensa Latina ) Russia rejected Tuesday the application by the United States of Title III of the anti-Cuban extraterritorial law Helms-Burton and considered that it demands a joint response from those who defend international law.

The United States has already openly declared its aggressive plans against Cuba and Nicaragua, as part of the application of the Monroe Doctrine, said Alexander Schetinin, director of the Latin American Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Schetinin, in an interview with Prensa Latina, referred to what the White House announced on Monday about the entry into force of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act with respect to a large number of Cuban companies.

Such a step shows that the sanctions policy applied in relation to Cuba in this case is not only a legacy of the past, impossible to abolish, but is an active policy with a clear goal against that nation, the diplomat said.

Besides, this step taken by Washington is an issue that deserves joint action by all the forces defending a respectful position on the principles of international law, which is seen as the basis for world coexistence, said Schetinin.

It is about being governed by rules of international law and not, precisely, by rules established by someone in the West. This requires the consolidation of all forces favorable to the defense of the UN Charter, the Russian official considered.

He also commented that the Monroe Doctrine, to which the National Security Advisor of the White House, John Bolton, recently referred, has undergone a quite peculiar development in the past months.

Only a year ago, we perceived this doctrine as a fact buried 200 years ago, but since then it has been reactivated, first academically and then politically, he added.

But now it is, according to Mr. Bolton, a source of pride and an unquestionable part of U.S. foreign policy, a guide to building Washington’s ties with Latin America, Schetinin explained.

As Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov said Monday, we think it is a great offense to the Latin American countries and they have to assess the meaning of Bolton’s interfering statements’, the Russian diplomat commented.

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