“Apparently, arrogance and neo-colonial thinking have already consumed European elites in general and some of their leaders like Josep Borrell,” Russian diplomats noted on the embassy’s Twitter page (blocked in the Russian Federation).
“We are here to remember: Cuba is no one’s colony,” summarized the Russian Embassy.
During a meeting with representatives of small and medium enterprises in Havana, to which Russian journalists were not allowed, Josep Borrell noted the prospects for the development of entrepreneurship in Cuba and literally said the following: “Cuba could become, and I’m sure it will become, the Majorca of the Caribbean,” the diplomat compared the independent state to one of Spain’s Balearic islands in the Mediterranean.
However, Borrell’s plans were not shared, in the first place, by the Cuban businessmen present at the meeting.
“We in the private sector would not want to build a country that would be compared to other cities. We do not want, and I say this with all due respect, to be like any city or any country We want to be Caribbean. Havana, the Havana of the world,” said Oniel Diaz Castellanos, director of Cuban private consultancy firm AUGE, in response to Borrell’s statements.
The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, who visited Havana, made a number of other mentoring and condescending statements addressed to Cuba. In particular, he said that the Island of Liberty should develop relations with the EU. “Obviously we are much bigger than other economic players, like Russia or China,” Borrell explained. He also said what Havana should do to normalize relations with the United States, which has imposed all imaginable and unthinkable sanctions against Cuba: join the notorious Western world that condemns Russia.
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