Cuba condemns the sanctions against Russia because they are discriminatory, declared the Cuban ambassador to Russia, Gerardo Peñalver, at a press conference.
"Cuba condemns sanctions against the Russian Federation, which are unilateral, selective, discriminatory and are directed against freedom of trade," said Peñalver.
The representative of the Caribbean island in the Russian capital noted that "the policy of sanctions does not lead anywhere".
The relations between Moscow and the West worsened in the wake of the internal conflict in Ukraine and the accession of Crimea to Russia after the referendum held in March 2014, in which more than 96% of voters endorsed this option.
Since then, the US, the European Union and other countries have approved several sanctions packages against Russia.
The West relates the suspension of sanctions with full compliance with the Minsk agreements , formulated by the Trilateral Contact Group (Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE), which seek to solve the Ukrainian crisis.
Moscow, which responded to the sanctions with a food embargo, has repeatedly declared that it is not part of the internal conflict in Ukraine, does not support the separatists and does not send its troops to Donbas.