Russia rejects implementation of Chapter III of Helms-Burton Act

Today Russia rejected the application by the United States of Chapter III of the anti-Cuban extraterritorial Helms-Burton Act and it considered that this demands a joint response from those who defend international law.

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

In an interview with Prensa Latina, Schetinin referred to what the White House announced a day ago about the entry into force of Chapter 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 it is an active policy with a clear goal against that nation, said the diplomat.

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

This 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, said the Russian official.

Schetinin highlighted the existence at the United Nations headquarters of a strong movement in favor of maintaining what a few years ago was seen as something clear and lasting, that is, the UN Charter, but now it is also necessary to defend it.

He also commented that Monroe Doctrine, to which the National Security Advisor of the White House, John Bolton, recently referred, has undergone a rather peculiar development in the last few 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 said.

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

For the Russian official, this statement does not vary much when it comes to the issue of Venezuela, because it is about the approach to the region.

As Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov said yesterday, we think it is a great offense to the countries of Latin America and they themselves have to judge the meaning of Bolton’s meddling statements,” said the Russian diplomat.

(Taken from PL in Spanish)

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