U.S. Threatens to Impede Fuel Supply to Cuba

The United States insists on increasing the economic siege against Cuba with the persecution of the commercial and financial operations of the island. This time, according to Prensa Latina, it is especially trying to cut off fuel supplies.

Donald Trump’s administration reinforces the blockade in all areas seeking a social explosion in Cuba and one of the ways to provoke it is to pursue and prevent fuel shipments to the island, to plunge it into blackouts and cuts to vital public services.

This was denounced by President Miguel Díaz-Canel on July 26 in Bayamo, in the eastern part of the country, on the occasion of the central speech for the Day of National Rebellion.

With cruel extraterritorial actions of the US blockade, today they are trying to prevent by all means the arrival of the tankers to Cuban ports, brutally threatening shipping companies, governments of the countries where the ships are registered and insurance companies,’ said the president.

At the heart of the matter is the U.S. claim that Havana renounces its policy of principles by which it maintains close ties with Venezuela, its main fuel supplier, and where thousands of Caribbean health specialists are support of the Venezuelan public health system, reveals PL.

It is no coincidence, then, that in these days Cuban organizations, institutions and state-owned companies have experience a reduction in fuel delivery.

The government has to guarantee basic services to the population, including public transportation, but at the same time has to turn off the tap in a balance by which the country is not paralyzed, as Washington pretends.

Despite the U.S. blockade, Cuba is developing strategies for the search and production of hydrocarbons in land or sea sources and in pursuit of energy security.

According to the general director of the Union Cuba-Petroleum (Cupet), Juan Torres, despite the U.S. blockade that entity prioritizes the conclusion of new strategic alliances with partners and suppliers in the framework of foreign investment opportunities.

This effort includes the bidding of 24 oil blocks located in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Cuba in the Gulf of Mexico.

At the same time, the Sergio Soto oil refinery in Cabaiguán, in the central Cuban province of Sancti Spíritus, resumed production after a general repair of the furnaces.

This is the only plant in the country that processes the national crude oil, with high sulfur content, which is used for power plants to produce thermo-energetic and liquid asphalt, which the refinery began to deliver for road infrastructure.

They want to cut off electricity, water and even air in order to wrest political concessions from us. They are not hiding to do it. They publicly declare the funds destined for subversion within Cuba, they fabricate false and hypocritical pretexts to reincorporate us to their spurious lists and justify the worsening of the blockade¨, remarked the Cuban president in Bayamo.

On the occasion he updated figures on the effects of the siege imposed by Washington, which between March 2018 and April 2019 added losses to Cuba of 1.343 billion dollars.

But the figure fails to reflect the effects of the latest measures of the current U.S. administration that limit U.S. travel licenses and prohibit those of U.S. cruise ships, yachts and private planes.

But as President Diaz-Canel said, the island will not be distracted by threats and aggression. Nor will we stop making decisions such as the recent wage increase for more than 2.7 million employees and public pensioners, to which other actions will be added in order, in the midst of the difficult situation, to advance national development.

(With information from PL in Spanish)

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