Following revelations that Russia is recruiting Cubans to fight in Ukraine, The dictatorship of Miguel Díaz-Canel recognized that he is not opposed to citizens of his country fighting with Vladimir Putin’s troops.
“We have nothing against the Cubans who only want to sign a contract and legally participate in this operation with the Russian Army.”. But we oppose illegality and these operations, which have nothing to do with the legal field,” the Cuban ambassador in Moscow told the Russian network Sputnik. Julio Antonio Garmendía Peña.
In line with the versions offered by the Castro regime after hearing the news, the diplomatic chief spoke out in the context of the detention of 17 people in Cuba for alleged recruitment for the war.
As he indicated, “scammers and bandits are everywhere”: “We are talking about bad people who, based on an issue as important as a military operation, such as the relations between our countries, want to make money, want to put money in pocket and engage in illegal activities.”
The regime announced last Monday the dismantling of a human trafficking network based in Russia that recruited Cubans – both on the island and in the Eurasian country – to fight as mercenaries in the war in Ukraine.
The statement was released after several media outlets outside the island, including some based in Miami (the main base of the Cuban exile), reported the presence of mercenaries from the Caribbean island fighting with Russian troops in the invasion of Ukraine.
The Foreign Ministry stressed that ““Cuba is not part of the war conflict in Ukraine”and that Cuba “is acting and will act vigorously” against anyone who “participates in any form of human trafficking for the purposes of recruitment or mercenarism so that Cuban citizens can use weapons against any country.”
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