HAVANA (Dispatches) - Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said on Friday the United States, not Cuba, was a failed state, reacting to comments made the previous day by U.S. President Joe Biden in the wake of unprecedented protests on the island.
Biden called the country a “failed state” that is “repressing their citizens”, dashing hopes he could lift crippling sanctions any time soon that have contributed to Cuba’s worst econonomic crisis in decades.
Biden, a Democrat, had vowed during his presidential campaign to ease some of the sanctions on Cuba tightened by his predecessor Donald Trump, a Republican. But analysts say the protests have complicated his political leeway to do so.
“A failed state is that which, to please a reactionary and blackmailing minority, is capable of doing damage to 11 million humans,” Diaz-Canel wrote on Twitter.
Cuban officials and many analysts charge that U.S. policy on Cuba is driven by the anti-Cuban-American community that has a strong influence on the swing state of Florida, not the interests of the Cuban people.
Cuba’s government has accused the United States of being behind the protests that erupted nationwide in Cuba – a rare occurrence where public dissent is restricted - by financing counterrevolutionaries to foment unrest.
“The United States has failed in its attempts to destroy Cuba despite spending billions of dollars in its attempts to do so,” Diaz-Canel said in his Twitter thread, also lambasting Washington over its high COVID-19 death toll, police violence, racism and “shameful record of wars”.
Russia Says U.S. Envisaging ‘Color Revolution’ Scenario for Cuba
On Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the United States is attempting to foment a “color revolution” scenario in Cuba, taking a page from the typical playbook tactics Washington used against other “undesired regimes.”
Zakharova noted that the United States has a record of artificially creating dire socio-economic situations in other countries through sanctions and other means and then shifting the blame for it to the ruling governments, as is the case in Cuba now, Sputnik reported.
The FM representative urged Washington against interfering in Havana’s internal affairs and let Cubans make their own decisions.
The spokeswoman added that if the U.S. is concerned about the humanitarian situation in Cuba and wants to help, they could start “by lifting the blockade that was decried by the entire world community from the very beginning”.