Ukraine Condemns US-Cuba Blockade

KIEV, Ukraine -- By an almost unanimous vote, the Ukraine parliament approved a resolution condemning the U.S. blockade of Cuba, an unprecedented historic event for this institution, diplomatic sources affirmed today.

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This is the first time that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. People's deputies of Ukraine (parliament) voted for a condemnation of this policy with a vote of 318 in favor, 2 abstentions and none against, Cuban ambassador to that country, Julio Garmendía said.

One of the points of the texts highlights the bonds that exist between Cuba and the Ukraine, evidenced by the Cuban program of medical attention to the children of Chernobyl.

The Cuban diplomat recalled that it is the only country that has maintained, for 16 years, a massive and free program of help for more than 20 thousand children affected by nuclear catastrophe.

The resolution condemns economic, trade and financial sanctions and demands an end to more than 40 years of punitive action against Cuba.

The parliamentary parties called for all UN member nations to join in the international condemnation against the U.S. blockade of Cuba.

Source: Prensa Latina