Cuban leader Raul Castro announced a firm and permanent solidarity with the Venezuelan government in the face of sanctions, imposed by the United States.
Last week, US President Barack Obama signed a decree introducing a state of emergency against Venezuela, saying that the situation in the country poses a serious danger to the United States. Obama also imposed sanctions against seven senior Venezuelan officials, condemning them for human rights abuses.
"The US relationship with Latin America and the Caribbean has been characterized by the Monroe Doctrine and the principle of domination and hegemony over our countries," Castro said. According to him, the US has tried all possible ways to destabilize the situation in Venezuela, the purpose of which was to control the largest oil reserves in the world, located in the country.
In December 2014, the US and Cuba announced thaw in their bilateral relations. The countries restored their diplomatic ties, while the US government promised to lift trade embargo against Cuba, which was in force for more than half of a century.