Trump's UN Envoy Restores US 'No' Vote on Cuba Embargo

The US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley seen here last week at the US embassy in South Sudan will vote agaisnt the annual UN reolution condemning her country's trade embargo on Cuba

US votes against UN resolution calling for end to Cuba embargo

Russian Federation calls for the US' blockade of Cuba to be lifted in full and immediately and views the trade embargo as an example of "rude sanctions interference" in affairs of a sovereign state, Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said at a UN General Assembly session on Wednesday.

Previous year the administration of President Barack Obama, which restored diplomatic relations with Cuba in a historic shift after more than a half century of enmity, abstained in the vote at the 193-member General Assembly.

The United States consistently voted against such resolutions for 24 years but abstained for the first time in 2016 under former President Barack Obama, as Washington and Havana forged a closer relationship.

Haley declared that the USA would retain diplomatic relations with the Raul Castro regime, although some lawmakers have called for a cessation of ties in the wake of mysterious attacks on US diplomats in Havana.

"No doubt there will be some here who do not understand how we can take such opposite positions, separated by just 12 months", U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the General Assembly.

"The United States does not fear isolation in this chamber or anywhere else".

During the last few weeks, Rodriguez said, Trump on four occasions has reiterated that his administration will not lift economic sanctions on Cuba unless Cuba introduces changes "in its domestic order".

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"While this resolution is only symbolic, the United States has once again sent a clear and unequivocal message to the Cuban people: we are on your side", Rubio said in a Wednesday statement. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert did not mention the attacks in announcing the "no" vote, instead emphasizing the need to promote rights and democracy in Cuba. Cuba alleged a lack of evidence for the USA accusations, arguing that the US had not given Cuba or the public access to the testimony or medical records of USA officials who reported attacks, despite three visits to Cuba by USA investigators.

The U.S. has not accused Cuba of carrying out the attacks, but says that Cuba has not met its obligation to protect diplomats on its territory.

"The human damage caused by the implementation of this policy are incalculable".

Rodriguez went further on Wednesday, saying "they lie when they talk of attacks or incidents". USA investigators still do not know exactly who and what caused the injuries, but 15 Cuban diplomats were expelled from Washington in retaliation.

The no vote from U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

General Assembly resolutions are nonbinding and unenforceable. But he praised Haley, who endorsed his presidential candidacy during her tenure as SC governor, for casting a vote against the anti-embargo resolution.

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