Russian Foreign Ministry urges U.S. to lift embargo against Cuba

Russia is urging the quickest cancellation of the U.S. trade and economic embargo against Cuba, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"Our stance on the issue is well-known. Russia, as well as the majority of the global community members, supports the quickest cancellation of the trade, economic and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba, which is a relic of the 'cold war' times," the Information and Press Department of the Russian foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Tuesday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared firmly this position when speaking at the general political discussion of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly on September 28, 2012 in New York, the statement said.

"Our country traditionally supports the Cuban draft of the UN General Assembly's resolution "Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the U.S. against Cuba," which is kind of an attitude barometer of the global community to the issue. During the latest vote, 186 countries voted in favor, two against and three refrained," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The Russian ministry said that a new statement of the Russian State Duma "To Parliaments of UN member-states on the necessity to lift the economic, trade and financial embargo against Cuba" was approved on November 20, 2012.

"We are intending to support Havana firmly and consistently regarding this issue," the statement said.

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