Spain’s foreign minister says the release of political prisoners by Cuba will lead to a thaw in U.S. relations with the Communist-run island, including the lifting of the decades-old embargo.
Miguel Angel Moratinos told Parliament on Wednesday the release of prisoners would lead to an improvement in EU policy toward Cuba “and it will have political consequences in U.S. relations with Cuba, (such as) the lifting of the embargo.”
I dont think Moratinos had planned to make this statement at all, or, at least, so soon after the first prisoner “releases.” What probably forced him to show his cards is the fact that the statements from first wave of Cuban prisoners in Madrid put him and his cohorts between a rock and a hard place.
See, these newly “freed” Cuban were supposed be so thankful for their release from the gulags that they were supposed to kneel to the Spanish government – like good Cubans to the Spanish, historically – and ask the EU to rethink their Cuba policy. This, in turn, could be used by the three amigos – the Catholic Church, Spain and the regime – to point to when lobbying for a change to US/Cuba policy.
I can’t wait to read the Cuba experts spin on this.