The head of European diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, begins a two-day visit today to Havana at a time when bilateral EU-Cuba negotiations have lost some importance in view of rapprochement between Washington and the island.
We speak to Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño, who took part in the Organization of American States meeting yesterday. Ecuador has offered to mediate dialogue between the United States and Venezuela.
The United States praised the Cuban government’s cooperation in the battle against drug trafficking while leveling harsh criticisms at Venezuelan authorities for their inefficiency in combatting the crime.
Much bewilderment has been caused by the US government’s decision to declare Venezuela “an extraordinary threat to the national security of the United States” while, at the same time, it makes prodigious efforts to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Venezuelan government authorities met on Monday afternoon to go over the country’s so-called “comprehensive supply plan,” which seeks to bring the distribution, supply and prices of all of Venezuela’s products and services under control.
Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni arrived in Havana on Wednesday (March 11) for a three-day official visit.
Talks to restore relations with Cuba will not be affected by the escalating tensions between the US and Venezuela, and the unconditional support offered by Havana to President Nicolas Maduro, said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki on Wednesday.
Tensions between the United States and Venezuela are increasing after the Obama administration declared Venezuela to be an “unusual and extraordinary threat to national security” and slapped sanctions on seven top officials for alleged human right violations and corruption.
The government of Cuba supported today Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro whose officials face sanctions from the Obama administration. Former President Fidel Castro also congratulated Maduro for standing up to the USA.
When I thought about interviewing Tobias and Stefan, two young Germans from the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany) who were in Cuba on a visit, I expected that they would see Cuba as a mirror of what might have been their own future and express their joy at the fall of the Berlin Wall.