The US is seeking to promote a “color revolution” scenario in Cuba, using techniques similar to those employed against other “unwanted governments,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.
Zakharova pointed out that the US has a history of intentionally creating grave socioeconomic circumstances in other nations by sanctions and other measures, then transferring blame to the governing regimes, as is currently the case in Cuba.
The Foreign Ministry envoy asked Washington not to meddle in Havana’s internal affairs and to allow Cubans to make their own decisions.
The spokesperson went on to say that if the US is worried about the humanitarian situation in Cuba and wants to help, they should begin “by removing the embargo that has been condemned by the whole international community from the outset.”
On Sunday, thousands of Cubans took to the streets to demand free elections and socioeconomic changes. Protests and rallies were reported in eight Cuban towns, including Havana, according to local media. Counter-marches were staged by supporters of the government and the Communist Party.
On Wednesday, Cuba’s foreign minister warned that social media appeals for humanitarian assistance in the nation might pave the door for “a military invasion” by the US.
Cuba is now subject to a trade embargo established by the United States in the 1950s. Despite past attempts to normalize bilateral relations, the Trump administration tightened the embargo, slapping the Caribbean island with 243 new economic penalties.
Last month, the US voted against a UN General Assembly resolution criticizing Cuba’s embargo, which was passed by an overwhelming majority of 184 other countries.