Washington has made another step towards the deterioration of bilateral relations with Cuba and adopted a decision on the expulsion of 15 Cuban diplomats from the United States. It was a response to the scandal of the attacks on the staff of the U.S. state Department in Cuba with an unknown acoustic weapons.
According to the Agency AP, on Tuesday, October 3, the state Department gave the Cuban Ambassador in the United States a list of 15 people who must leave the country within a week. In Washington said that this step aims to restore parity on the number of diplomats in both countries.
Last week Washington announced the downsizing of diplomats in Havana by 60 percent because of doubts about their safety in Cuba. In the United States emphasize that while not accusing the official of the government of Cuba in the organization of attacks on employees of the state Department. It is only that at the moment, American diplomats are unable to feel safe in Cuba.
American authorities continue to investigate the possibility of “acoustic attack”, during which the diplomats are exposed to from the outside using sound waves.
“We will continue to maintain diplomatic relations with Cuba and will continue to work with her. At the same time we will investigate these attacks,” announced the head of the us Department of Rex Tillerson.
The Cuban Embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for Agency review on new sanctions. As noted, the government of Raul Castro denies any involvement in the attacks on American diplomats and is likely to regard Washington’s move as unfriendly.
Meanwhile, according to the latest information of Washington on October 2, from mysterious attacks in Cuba was affected at least 22 of the diplomat. All of them were diagnosed with symptoms such as hearing loss, problems with vision, balance, and brain injury.
Revocation by Washington more than half of American diplomats from Cuba and the termination of registration of entry visas to the United States in the island state media reported on 29 September. Then also it was reportedthat the reason for this decision were concerns for the safety of the employees of the state Department, working in Cuba.
In August of this year, the CBS reportedthat several American and canadian diplomats in Cuba, was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and damage to the Central nervous system.
In particular, according to TV channel, diplomats complained of various symptoms, ranging from hearing loss and nausea and ending with severe headaches.
According to journalists, the mass complaints of feeling among diplomats in Havana began in the end of last year. The sources of the TV channel reported that, according to unconfirmed reports, the Americans could be subjected to sophisticated attacks by Cuban intelligence.
In early August, the TV channel CNN, citing several high-ranking officials of the state Department reportedthat employees of the American foreign Ministry, the U.S. Embassy in Cuba was subjected to the “acoustic attack”, which was carried out with the help of some “sound devices” and they have caused symptoms resembling the effects of a concussion. The Cuban government involvement in the incident with the American diplomats categorically denied.
On June 16 the President of the United States Donald trump, speaking at the Little Havana district of Miami (Florida), which is populated mainly by Cuban immigrants, announced about the termination for convenience of the agreement to normalize relations with Cuba. The White house explained that the restoration of bilateral relations is possible only with liberalization of the regime of Raul Castro.
During the election campaign, trump has come out with harsh criticism of the leadership of Cuba, in particular pointing to the harassment that violates freedom of religion. He was ready to reverse started the current U.S. President Barack Obama’s normalization of relations between Washington and Havana.
After the death of the leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro trump called him a “cruel dictator” and expressed the hope that after his death, the Cuban people will be free.
The United States broke diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961, after the nationalization of the authorities in Havana American property on the island. At the same time Washington announced the imposition of unilateral economic and trade embargo. When Barack Obama States has embarked on the restoration of relations. July 20, 2015, the United States and Cuba have restored diplomatic relations and reopened their embassies in Havana and Washington.