For the 1st time, Cuba’s Castro speaks at UN HQ

Cuban President Raul Castro has slammed a US trade embargo on Cuba, blaming it for hindering the country’s economic development.

He made the comments as he addressed the Sustainable Development Summit at the UN headquarters for the first time on Saturday.

Earlier, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said that till April 2015, the accumulated damages of the blockade increased to 833.755 million dollars, according to the value of gold on the international market.

While in the U.S. Congress, Republican senators wanted to force the Caribbean island to pay 7 billion-8 billion dollars in compensation for U.S. properties taken over by the socialist government, in some cases after their owners fled to the United States.

Now the two countries’s demand have represented one of the thorniest issues on the complex road to the normalization of bilateral ties.

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