U.S. Threatens to Increase Sanctions Against Cuban Military

Financial restrictions

White House Security Advisor John Bolton threatened to tighten financial restrictions on military forces and intelligence services in Cuba for supporting the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

“Cuba’s role in usurping democracy and fomenting repression in Venezuela is clear. That is why the United States will continue to tighten financial restrictions on Cuba’s military and intellectual services. Democracies in the region must condemn the Cuban regime,” Bolton wrote on Twitter.

The official, who had denounced the presence of more than 20,000 Cuban security officials in the chavista regime, called on the other democratic nations of the region to condemn the communist government.

Cuba and Venezuela

Cuba’s complicity in the current economic, political and social crisis in Venezuela has been pointed out on other occasions by the White House. Last week the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, assured that Cuban agents regularly direct the “attacks against the people of Venezuela, in the name of Maduro”.

Similarly, Republican Senator Marco Rubio said that the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) is an agency “controlled by experienced oppressors sent by Cuba. Donald Trump’s advisor for Venezuela even accused the island’s authorities of collaborating with Maduro’s dictatorship in drug trafficking to the United States.

In the face of criticism, The Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez once again denied the presence of the island’s military in Venezuelan territory.

“A government recognized for the use of lies has Bolton as a high exponent. He’s lying when he says there’s an army of 25,000 Cuban troops in Venezuela. It is accompanied by a truth. It confesses the application of the Monroe Doctrine,” the diplomat wrote in his Twitter account.

The recent statements of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, made him worthy of the response of several users in social networks. Some strongly demanded that the island’s leaders put an end to their presence in the oil country. While others demanded an end to communist influence.

The Cuban government,  is one of the few who support Maduro, as opposed to the fifty or so who already recognize Juan Guaidó as interim president of the oil nation.