Fidel Castro: US owes Cuba 'millions of dollars'

Fidel Castro: US owes Cuba 'millions of dollars'
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A day before the historic reopening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, Fidel Castro said Thursday that the United States owes his government “millions of dollars” because of the decades-long embargo, according to reports.

“Cuba is owed compensation equivalent to damages, which total many millions of dollars, as our country has stated with irrefutable arguments and data in all of its speeches at the United Nations,” Castro wrote in an essay published in local media, according to Agence France-Presse.


Castro did not specify exactly how much money the U.S. owes Cuba. The embargo he referred to, however, remains in effect despite the new U.S. policy to normalize relations with the Communist nation.

On Friday, Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryIn Europe, Biden seeks to reassert U.S. climate leadership Climate progressives launch first action against Biden amid growing frustration What US policymakers can glean from Iceland's clean energy evolution MORE is scheduled to raise the U.S. flag at the reopening of an embassy in Havana, Cuba. Several lawmakers are expected to join him on the trip. The Cuban Embassy in Washington reopened on July 20.

Castro did not mention Kerry’s upcoming visit or the efforts to improve diplomatic relations between the two countries, reports say. He also criticized the U.S. for its decision in 1971 to stop swapping dollars for gold.

The former Cuban president and prime minister turned 89 on Thursday. His brother, Raúl Castro, took over as president in 2006.

President Obama wants Congress to lift the embargo against Cuba, but many Republicans and even some Democrats oppose taking that action.