WASHINGTON – The US Department of Commerce is tightening rules on the export and re-export of certain products to Cuba, including leasing aircraft, providing certain types of donations and supplying telecommunications equipment. The Bureau of industry and security (under the US Department of Commerce) posted the notification on Friday on the website of the collection of official documents of the US government – the Federal register.
The decision, according to which the US authorities “impose further tightening of the rules for the export and re-export of certain products to Cuba,” will take effect on October 21. “The new rules, in particular, introduce amendments to the licensing policy for Cuba…> to establish a policy of presumption of refusal to lease aircraft for Cuban state-owned airlines, ” the document says.
The new rules “make it impossible for the Cuban government and the Communist party to receive certain types of gratuitous donations.” They also limit the range of “telecommunications equipment that the Cuban government can obtain without a special license.”
According to the US Department of Commerce, these actions are aimed at “holding the Cuban regime accountable for the repression of the Cuban people, as well as supporting the regime of [President Nicolas] Maduro in Venezuela.”
Earlier, US special representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams said that the US administration is preparing to impose new sanctions against Cuba for supporting the Venezuelan government.