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Russia blasts US for imposing sanctions on Cuba as terrorism sponsor

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that Cuba was designated as a "State Sponsor of Terrorism" for "repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism

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IANS  |  Moscow 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting. Photo: Reuters
Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting. Photo: Reuters

It is "a lie" that supports terrorism, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, commenting on the US recent decision to add the island nation to its list of "State Sponsor of Terrorism."

"When Washington accuses Havana of sponsoring terrorists, isn't it the very fake news that the United States is collectively fighting against? This is a lie that has been granted the official state status," Maria Zakharova, the ministry's spokesperson said on Friday, Xinhua news agency reported.

At her weekly press briefing, Zakharova called the US decision "an unconstructive move," which clearly demonstrates Washington's inability to pursue a consistent foreign policy based on objective realities.

By blacklisting Havana, the United States has also discredited itself in the eyes of everyone who is familiar with "the selfless work of Cuban doctors in dozens of countries around the world" amid the coronavirus pandemic, she added.

On Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that was designated as a "State Sponsor of Terrorism" for "repeatedly providing support for acts of terrorism in granting safe harbour to terrorists."

"opposes terrorism: it has been a victim of this scourge, never a sponsor," Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said on Twitter.

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First Published: Sat, January 16 2021. 08:06 IST
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