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Fri Sep 13, 2019, 11:20 PM

EU stresses support for Cuba even as U.S. hikes sanctions

EU stresses support for Cuba even as U.S. hikes sanctions
By Euronews Last updated Sep 10, 2019

The European Union is committed to helping Cuba develop its economy, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday during a three-day trip to Havana, even as the United States hikes sanctions on the Communist-run island.

The EU started normalizing relations with one-party Cuba about the same time as the United States five years ago, ending decades of Cold War-era hostility.

But EU and U.S. policies have diverged as U.S. President Donald Trump has unravelled the detente pursued by his predecessor. He has reverted to seeking to coerce the government to reform, a strategy that many experts say has long failed.

“The EU is Cuba’s top commercial partner and investor,” Mogherini, EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, said at a news conference with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez.


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