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Water, Marjolein van de

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De Volkskrant - Netherlands | 18/12/2014

Geopolitical advantages for Washington

The US and Cuba have taken a historical step, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant comments approvingly: "Both countries have an interest in improved relations. The trade embargo is a millstone around Cuba's neck and renders the country completely dependent on the good will of its allies. ... The fall of the Berlin Wall left Cuba facing serious problems until Venezuela came to its rescue [with its pro-Cuba policy]. ... The question is how long Venezuela will be able to afford to keep on supporting Cuba. For the US there are now geopolitical advantages. ... The US is also sending a signal to Russia, which since the conflict in Ukraine has desperately been trying to improve relations with Latin America. The normalisation of relations with Cuba will earn the US much applause from Latin American leaders and take the wind out of Russia's sails."

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