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Josefina Vidal: Blockade against Cuba Continues to be Applied with Rigor

Josefina Vidal: Blockade against Cuba Continues to be Applied with RigorHAVANA, Cuba, Feb 27 (acn) The director general of the United States Department of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Josefina Vidal, said on Friday that the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba continues to be applied rigorously, Prensa Latina reported.

In her Twitter account (@JosefinaVidalF), Vidal refers to a new fine by the U.S. executive to a company of that country for doing business with Cuban counterparts, an action that ratifies the validity of that policy, imposed on the island for over half century now.
The message, in Spanish and English, leads to an official note by the Cuban Foreign Ministry, in which the details of the latest sanction are explained, the third so far this year.
This time, the company penalized is Halliburton, a company dedicated to providing services in oilfields.
The sanction amounts to 304,706.00 dollars and according to the report of the Office for Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury, it is a consequence of the fact that between February and April 2011, Halliburton and its subsidiaries in Cayman Islands maintained trade relations with the Cuban company Cuba Petroleo (Cupet).
In that period, points out the OFAC, the corporation exported goods and services to support oil and gas prospecting as well as drilling in the province of Cabinda, Angola, works guided by a consortium in which Cupet had five percent interest.
For Havana, the measure is of marked extraterritorial nature and reaffirms the strengthening of the economic, commercial and financial persecution against Cuban transactions.
Adopted just three days after the fine imposed on the French company CGG Services S.A., worth 614,250.00 dollars, it is also contrary to the new approach of the U.S. policy towards Cuba.
In its statement, the Cuban Foreign Ministry also points out that the sanction intensifies the deterrent effect on U.S. and foreign entities interested in doing business with the country, while reaffirming the need to remove the blockade in full as an essential element for progress towards normalization of bilateral relations.
With this fine, Halliburton joins other entities –five U.S. and three of other nationalities- that have been fined by Washington since the announcement of its change of policy towards Havana on December 17, 2014, for a cumulative amount close to three billion dollars.
During the Obama administration (2009-2016) the amount of fines for violations of sanction regimes against Cuba and other countries is 49 (so far), higher than in any other presidential term. Their cumulative value exceeds 14 billion dollars.

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