Russia says Trump is using 'Cold War rhetoric' on Cuba

April 2009: President Barack Obama lifts restrictions on family travel and the sending of remittances to Cuba.

"The new line towards Cuba announced by US President Donald Trump takes us back to already half-forgotten rhetoric in the style of the Cold War", the ministry said in a statement on its website. In a statement on state television it denounced the measures, but said Havana "reiterates its willingness to continue the respectful dialogue and cooperation".

Trump's announcement on Friday in Miami reverses the advances made in the past two years since 2014 when Castro and Obama revealed their decision to restore diplomatic relations and begin the process of normalising bilateral ties. His critics, however, have questioned why his administration is now singling out Cuba for human rights abuses but downplaying the issue in other parts of the world, including Saudi Arabia, a close USA ally Trump visited last month where political parties and protests are banned. "In less than an hour he showed Cubans how USA policy works". "Officially, today, they are rejected".

The change could have sweeping implications for USA companies, but it is not clear how it will affect existing deals, such as the one struck by Starwood Hotels and Resorts a year ago to manage hotels in Cuba, including one owned by the military conglomerate Gaviota.

Surely, after more than five decades we have learned that Cubans, proud of their revolution and their independence, will resist economic or military coercion.

The Cuban military senT a message to President Donald Trump warning him that his new strategy to change the Communist island is "doomed to failure".

"Everybody likes to go to Cuba".

It regretted "a reversal in relations between the two countries".

1962: Castro agrees to allow the Soviet Union to deploy nuclear missiles on the island bringing the USA and the USSR to the brink of nuclear war. For an island located just 90 miles from Key West, the United States should play an influential role in Cuban political aspirations but has failed to because of the embargo, which more contained the regime than undermined it.

"If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S.as a whole, I will terminate deal", he tweeted.

Obama eliminated the tour requirement, allowing Americans to travel to Cuba on individual "people-to-people" trips that were in reality indistinguishable from travel to any other country in the world.

And the United States government will police other trips to ensure travellers are pursuing a "full-time schedule of educational exchange activities".

The changes won't go into effect until new documents laying out details are issued.

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President Trump says his new policy will tighten rules on travel and on sending funds to Cuba.

After almost three years of warming relations between the United States and Cuba, President Donald Trump has announced that his administration will unravel many of his predecessor's policies on the communist state.

To avoid alienating the Cuban-American community, which largely votes Republican, Trump will not re-implement limits on remittances - US based money transfers - that Cuban-Americans can give their families back on the island.

Cuba has repeatedly said it will not renege on the promise of the former president, who died in November.

Yet it also exposed the shortcomings in Obama's approach. Obama and his aides argued that commerce and travel between the countries, which has blossomed since he relaxed the rules, would make his policy irreversible. Other dissidents agree repression has worsened but say rolling back the detente, which will hurt ordinary Cubans, is not the solution.

For Cubans, the shift risks stifling a nascent middle class that has started to rise as Americans have flocked to the island on airlines, patronizing thousands of private bed-and-breakfasts.

Eased restrictions fuelled a boom US tourist arrivals, especially in Havana, creating demand for more bed and breakfasts, restaurants, taxis and tour guides in the fledgling private sector.

"We are all really scared because we live from rent", said Maria Elena Reyes, 45, who rents rooms in her large house in a leafy suburb of Havana.

The Cuban government has given Trump's speech extensive coverage on official media outlets. Cuba's government may not formally respond to Trump's speech until a speech Monday by its foreign minister.

Cuban diplomats cited police killings and police brutality, racial discrimination, child labor, firearm deaths, salary inequality, the marginalization of refugees and the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change as reasons why Trump was in no position to judge Cuba. But those businesses host hundreds of thousands of Canadian, European and Latin American tourists a year, and do unfettered business with corporations from around the world, reducing the impact of any USA cutoff.

In a statement Friday, Moran says. "Everything bad that happens in Cuba, they blame the embargo".

All are anti-Castro to varying degrees, but Diaz and some of the other older players were hopeful about the re-opening of ties - after all, years of embargo had achieved little.

Trump will not close the U.S. Embassy in Havana, and commercial flights and cruise ships will still be allowed.

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