It’s Communism versus Democracy as nations take sides with or against the Cuban government. And they’re not just taking sides, some of the most oppressive countries are threatening the United States. “Russia, China and Iran have warned the United States that it must not interfere in Cuba after the island was rocked by major protests for which U.S. President Joe Biden cast his support” reports Newsweek.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov met with Cuban ambassador Julio Garmendia Peña Tuesday, during which “the Russian side expressed solidarity with Cuba’s government and people, and promised all-around support to the efforts towards the soonest normalization of the situation” stated the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement reads, “the sides expressed confidence that the situation will return to normal soon, and stressed the inadmissibility of foreign interference and other destructive actions that are fraught with the destabilization in Cuba.”
In a press briefing Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said, “the U.S. embargo is the root cause of Cuba’s shortage of medicines and energy.” Zhao has “called on Biden to lift the sanctions, which were briefly relaxed under former President Barack Obama, before being reinstated by his successor Donald Trump” reports Newsweek.
“China firmly opposes foreign interference in Cuba’s internal affairs, firmly supports what Cuba has done in fighting COVID-19, improving people’s livelihood and upholding social stability, and firmly supports Cuba in exploring a development path suited to its national conditions” said Zhao.
“I’d like to stress that China stands ready to work with Cuba to implement the important consensus of the two heads of state and is firmly committed to deepening friendly relations between the two countries” Zhao added.
Not to be outdone by other oppressors, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters Tuesday, “in this situation, where the United States is primarily responsible for the many problems created for the Cuban people, it is trying to appear as a supporter of the Cuban protests and has tried to interfere in the internal affairs of this country in a blatant violation of international rules.”