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  • Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez speaks during a news conference in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 19, 2019.

    Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez speaks during a news conference in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 19, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 25 April 2019

Rodriguez said the foreign policy of the U.S. government is responsible for the instability in Venezuela and this is "a threat to the region."

Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez denied Thursday the accusations by the United States about the alleged presence of Cuban military forces in Venezuela, expressed in the document of the Department of State of North America.

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"Cuba does not have troops or military personnel in the sister Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela," said Cuban Foreign Minister Rodriguez and rejected the memorandum that implicates the country in an alleged deployment of Cuban troops on the Colombian-Venezuelan border.

Rodriguez rejected in the strongest terms the "lies" painted by the U.S. Department of State, which also accused the Cuban doctors who are in Venezuela, within the framework of the Barrio Adentro program of the South American country, of coercing Venezuelans they treated into supporting Nicolas Maduro in return for medical care and medicines.

Rodriguez also extended his criticism to John Bolton, the main person in the Trump administration who is leading the interventionist policies against Venezuelan and Cuban governments. “Bolton, who is a pathological liar, unashamedly stated on April 17 that the Cuban Foreign Minister had recently acknowledged the presence of 20,000 ‘Cuban thugs’ in Venezuela,” Rodriguez said in his rebuke of Donald Trump's National Security Advisor.

Rodriguez also said the foreign policy of the U.S. government is responsible for the instability in Venezuela and this is "a threat to the region."

The Cuban foreign minister also condemned the latest Washington aggression against his country through activating the Helms Burton Act. "Despite the application of title III of this text, which still has no effect, are actions that will damage financial institutions to suffocate the economy, in order to subject the Cuban people to a series of shortcomings."

Finally, Rodriguez called on the international community not to "remain calm in the face of unpunished actions on the countries" of the region by the United States, adding that international powers and players such as United Nations, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (NAM) must take action for the good of Cuba and Latin America as a whole.

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