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Cuba says US sanctions have caused nearly $5.6B in losses

HAVANA (AP) – Cuba said Thursday that the island has lost nearly $5.6 billion in one year as a result of economic sanctions imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez decried what he said was a growing number of sanctions suffocating the island, a topic that is on the agenda for next year’s U.N. General Assembly session.

The blockade “is an increasingly cruel attempt to deprive our people of basic goods for their survival,” Rodríguez said. He said the political hostility has reached “feverish levels.”

The $5.6 billion loss occurred between April 2019 and March 2020, compared with $4.3 billion the previous year.

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