US Commerce Department announces new sanctions on Cuba
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US Commerce Department announces new sanctions on Cuba

The US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced further restrictions on Cuba’s access to commercial aircraft on Friday.

The Cuban regime used leased commercial aircraft, subject to BIS jurisdiction, to transport tourists and generate revenue for the Cuban regime. BIS is now revoking existing licenses and will deny further applications for leases to Cuban state-owned airlines.

This action supports a previous US decision to hold the Cuban regime responsible for human rights violations within the country as well as its support for Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross stated:

This action by the Commerce Department sends another clear message to the Cuban regime⁠—that they must immediately cease their destructive behavior at home and abroad. The Trump Administration will continue to act against the Cuban regime for its misdeeds, while continuing to support the Cuban people and their aspirations for freedom and prosperity.

These new restrictions follow a series of others, including a restriction on non-family travel that was released in June.