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Cubans warned of imminent fuel shortage due to US sanctions

Cuba battling with fuel shortage

Havana, Sep 12 President Miguel Diaz-Canel warned the country of the imminent acute fuel shortage that Cuba is set to witness in the coming weeks due to the Trump administration’s efforts to block oil shipments to the country.

Fuel shipments to Cuba were interrupted om Tuesday and are not expected to resume until the weekend, the president said.

He said,”The aim was to avoid blackouts and Cuba produces 40 percent of the petroleum it needs, enough to keep power plants running and avert blackouts.”

“If we have,they will not be as long nor as intense of those of the Special Period.,” he told Cubans in a nationally televised address on Wednesday, a reference to the severe economic depression Cuba went as a result of the end of subsidies from Moscow following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Diaz-Canel accused Washington of “acting with greater aggressiveness toward Cuba” in the hope of making life worse for ordinary people to trigger a “social explosion.”

The main problem is a shortage of diesel, which fuels the Cuban bus fleet . The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on shipping companies that carry Venezuelan oil to Cuba.

In view of the “temporary situation,” the Cuban government and people must take steps to conserve energy, he said. The president also urged people to report any instances of fuel theft or hoarding.

President Donald Trump has tightened the decades-old US economic embargo on Cuba to get the Communist government to drop support for Venezuela’s embattled president, Nicolas Maduro.

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