MESSAGE OF THE STATE DUMA
To the General Assembly of the United Nations, the parliaments of the States Members of the United Nations and international parliamentary organizations on the necessity of ending the economic, financial and trade blockade of the Republic of Cuba by the United States of America strong>
In the near future, the United Nations General Assembly will once again express its attitude to the blockade of the Republic of Cuba by the United States of America. This form of economic and political pressure is applied to a sovereign state for more than 55 years. Contrary to the position of the majority of the Member States of the United Nations, the United States of America continues to behave in the spirit of the Cold War, interfering in the internal affairs of an independent state in order to change the political regime.
The Declaration of Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation between States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations establishes the inalienable right of states to choose a political, economic, social and cultural system. This right is constantly ignored and violated by the United States. The embargo against Cuba seriously damages the economic and social development of Cuba and runs counter to generally accepted principles and norms of international law.
The State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation protests against US attempts to pursue a policy of hegemony and expansion against Cuba, systematically violating such principles of international law as non-interference in internal affairs, sovereign equality of nations, equality of nations and self-determination of peoples, international trade freedom and international navigation. in the UN acts.
The pressure of the United States of America on the Republic of Cuba negatively affects the development of its economy and social sphere, infringes upon the rights and interests of Cuban citizens and states willing to cooperate with Cuba. The population of the country loses medicines and essential goods. All this adversely affects the living standards of Cubans, damages their health and well-being.
During the operation of the embargo, a significant number of statements and resolutions of international forums, governments and public associations have been adopted that express a negative attitude towards the economic, financial and trade blockade of Cuba. State Duma deputies welcome the desire of the peoples of the world for the speediest normalization of Cuban-American relations and are convinced that the United States must accept the position of the world community, abandon the policy of global dictate and unilateral pressure and embark on respect for the norms of international law.
Unfortunately, the world’s hopes of a change in the position of the United States of America on this issue have not been justified. Throughout 2017, there was a further tightening of the US policy towards Cuba. The President, the State Department, the ministries of finance and commerce of the United States of America have introduced additional restrictions for the business sector, ready to develop ties with Cuba, and for citizens intending to visit this state.
The State Duma condemns the economic, financial and trade blockade imposed by the USA against Cuba, opposes the vicious policy of unilateral sanctions and regards it as one of the factors destabilizing the world political situation that hinders open interaction and cooperation between states. State Duma deputies believe that the United States of America should reconsider policies against the interests of the Cuban people.
Contrary to the embargo regime, the Cuban people are demonstrating their readiness to defend the freedom of their homeland. Overcoming all the hardships, he proves that he is ready to actively resist any external pressure.
State Duma deputies note Russia’s interest in preserving and developing Russian-Cuban relations on a friendly and mutually beneficial basis and are in favor of strengthening long-term economic cooperation with Cuba.
The State Duma appeals to the United Nations General Assembly, the parliaments of the United Nations Member States and international parliamentary organizations to influence the United States of America in order to end the economic, financial and trade blockade of the Republic of Cuba, and also invites all states to combine efforts and undertake practical steps aimed at developing bilateral and multilateral cooperation with Cuba in the economic, political , scientific and humanitarian areas in the framework of intergovernmental, inter-parliamentary, inter-party and public interaction.