Cuba criticizes US embargo fine for AmEx, bank

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Associated Press

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 10:04 AM

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is objecting to the U.S. government's recent sanctions against companies for violating the 51-year-old economic and financial embargo against the island.

A Foreign Ministry statement notes last week's settlement in which American Express Co. agreed to pay $5.2 million because of more than 14,000 tickets it issued for travel between Cuba and other countries.

It also says Intesa SanPaolo paid a fine of nearly $3 million on June 28 after the U.S. Treasury Department determined that the Italian bank had processed 53 financial transfers involving Cuba between 2004 and 2008.

The Foreign Ministry accuses Washington of repeatedly "making absurd concessions" to the Cuban exile lobby.

The statement was published Tuesday in Communist Party newspaper Granma.

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