Russia urges U.S. to lift blockade from Cuba

Russia is calling on the U.S. to listen to the international community and lift a blockade from Cuba.

Russia is calling on the U.S. to listen to the international community and lift a blockade from Cuba.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary on Wednesday that the UN General Assembly had passed another resolution on lifting the economic, trade and financial blockade the U.S. earlier imposed on Cuba. The resolution was supported by an overwhelming majority of UN members (188); the U.S. and Israel voted against it, and the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau abstained.

"Russia supported the draft resolution, as it did in similar situations in the past, being guided by its principled position on this issue based on the UN Charter provisions qualifying any discriminatory measures or interference in countries' internal affairs as unacceptable," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"The voting results show unprecedented support of efforts aimed at lifting the U.S.' unilateral sanctions imposed in circumvention of the UN, dealing a serious blow to Cuba's economy and violating the rights and legitimate interests of Cuban citizens."

"We once again urge the U.S. to listen to this insistent opinion of the international community and take practical steps toward lifting the Cuban blockade," the ministry said.

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