Russian ambassador to Cuba Andrei Guskov said Thursday that Russia had donated nearly 20,000 tons of wheat to political ally Cuba, but the ship transporting the wheat was stalled off the island for a month by Western sanctions imposed on Russia after it invades Ukraine.
Guskov said that banking-related restrictions had complicated Russia´s payments to the shipper, making it impossible for the boat to offload and “convert the wheat to bread for Cubans.”
“What happened clearly shows that the unilateral, coercive measures adopted against Russia, like those applied against Cuba, harm the lives of ordinary people,” Guskov said.
Russia, one of the world’s largest wheat exporters, has continued exporting grains to Cuba and other trade partners despite sanctions that have complicated logistics.
Meanwhile, Cuba, an island nation of 11 million population, faces a dire economic crisis.
On April 7, Cuba, China, North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Vietnam voted against a resolution adopted by the U.N. General Assembly that suspended Russia from the U.N. Human Rights Council over its reported rights abuses in Ukraine.
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