Cuba remains speechless in the face of the Russian-American conflict over Ukraine, despite compromising its sovereignty and foreign policy, admitting that the island is reissuing its former status as a geopolitical boxing ring, a source of impoverishment and dependence.
The internal crisis in Cuba, where Cubans of all political tendencies demand freedom and democratization, opposing the imprisonment and long sentences of the rebels of 11J and 15N, discourage any erroneous position in foreign policy, especially when it contributes to the growing government discredit.
A veiled threat from Moscow to Washington, to deploy troops on the island and Venezuela, as a reply to the NATO position, in the Ukraine crisis, has had no response from Havana, which seems to be installed in suicidal Cold War games, even if it undermines their vaunted sovereignty.
The agile North American response, warning that its reaction would be sudden, aggravated Cuban immobility, exposing the Díaz-Canel-López-Calleja government, which continues to lack political intelligence and the capacity to react on key internal and external issues.
Havana maintains diplomatic relations with Russia, Ukraine, most of the NATO countries, and the United States, and it should not tolerate that Moscow treats it as an overseas colony; for dignity, historical memory and political survival, in a world that has not rearranged its spheres of influence, after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The Cuban government had to react immediately, clarifying its position on the Russian threat; But since he has been playing for months trying to make the United States jealous to see if he can get a salve, now he not only supports that Moscow has the homeland, as if it were its own; but also the agile response of Washington that its response would be sudden.
A small, impoverished and dependent country would benefit more from a fluid and mutually respectful relationship with neighboring United States than fantasizing about a tactical alliance with Moscow, which already used the island in the fall of 1962 and abandoned it in 1979. to their fate; when the Kremlin communicated to Raúl Castro Ruz that the piquitos bread was running out and that Moscow no longer believed in tears, unleashing Operation Pandora.
The Russian affront follows two previous protection counts from the Russian ambassador to the Cuban government for the official picaresque of falsely diagnosing tourists from his country with Covid-19; warning that it could not happen again and when he attended the delivery of a food donation, clarifying that it was a gift from Moscow, that it could not be sold, as the Cuban authorities do with part of the humanitarian aid it receives.
On both occasions, the Díaz-Canel-López Calleja government fell silent, as it does now with the Russian bravado of deploying troops in Cuba, trampling on its sovereignty and trying to reissue a scheme that impoverished the island, with a disproportionate military budget.
Cuba is exhausted and in need of global alms, such as the 100 tons of Vietnamese rice and a batch of Japanese buses assembled in Colombia that, in a short time, will swell the varied cemetery of rolling scrap that it exhibits, but this does not justify the official silence before a A major geopolitical announcement, to which there is only room for a clear and firm response.
The Cuban government, obsessed with retaining its questioned power at any price, ignored the advantage of the balance granted by its links with all the actors in the crisis, but opting for silence only reaffirmed its dependence and weakness and instead of taking advantage of the occasion, he starts playing the wheel with Nicaragua, Iran and Venezuela.
With allies like the Managua trio, Cuba needs no adversaries.