Cuban dictatorship led efforts to prevent Zelensky from attending EU CELAC Summit

Cuba’s communist Castro dictatorship, beloved by those on the left who support Ukraine’s war against Russia, was behind the successful effort to exclude Zelensky from the CELAC Summit at the behest of Putin. Go figure.

Via the Center for a FREE Cuba:

Cuban regime, together with ideological allies in Caracas & Managua, vetoes Zelensky EU-CELAC Summit invite

Miguel Diaz-Canel, who should be in the dock at the International Criminal Court for giving the order of combat against unarmed and nonviolent Cuban citizens on July 11, 2021, was received in Brussels by European leaders.

Havana led the successful effort to veto Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s request to participate in the EU-Celac Summit. The communist dictatorship in Cuba was aided by both Caracas and Managua in this Pro-Putin effort.

This is a far cry from what the Europeans wanted in the midst of a major land war in the heart of Europe.

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, the European Union’s equivalent of a Secretary of State, traveled to Cuba from 25-27 May 2023 to represent the EU at the third Joint Council, co-chaired on the Cuban dictatorship’s side by Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez. Borrell emphasized economic ties, while downplaying human rights concerns, but repeatedly called on the Cuban government to take a more responsible position on Ukraine.

During his May 25-27 visit Borrell highlighted that one third of Cuba’s foreign trade was with the European Union, versus only 8% with Russia, and he claimed the relationship was based in “mutual respect.” Someone should tell Havana.

It is worth reviewing what Havana has been up to prior to the visible presence of troops fighting in Ukraine.

  • The UN General Assembly on September 16, 2022 voted to allow Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to deliver a pre-recorded address next week at the UN General Assembly, reported the Associated Press. Normally, all leaders need to speak in person, but an exception is being made because of the ongoing Russian invasion. 101 countries voted for Zelensky to be able to deliver the pre-recorded statement. 19 nations abstained, and seven voted no. Cuba was one of the seven countries voting “no” together with Belarus, Eritrea, Nicaragua, North Korea, Syria, and Russia.
  • On October 12, 2022 at the UN General Assembly Cuba was one of the 35 countries that abstained, and its ally Nicaragua was one of the 5 that voted against a resolution condemning the Russian Federation’s annexation of four Eastern Ukraine regions.
  • On September 16, 2022 Cuba was one of seven countries voting “no” at the UN General Assembly together with Belarus, Eritrea, Nicaragua, North Korea, Syria, and Russia. This “no” vote was to silence Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky from delivering a pre-recorded address at the UN General Assembly.
  • On September 15, 2022 “Russian top propagandist Vladimir Solovyov urged for the establishment of an international coalition with countries” that included Cuba, Iran, Nicaragua, North Korea, Syria, Serbia, and Venezuela for its war against Ukraine.
  • On April 7, 2022 Cuba, Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Vietnam, were among those who voted against suspending Russia from the UN Human Rights Council ( 93 voted to suspend, 24 against, and 58 abstentions.)

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  1. Borrell went through the motions. If the EU really meant business, Zelensky would not have been kept away, though one wonders what good it would have done him to deal with the CELAC bunch.

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