Havana, Cuba, Jun 28 (ACN) – Red Bull North America energy drinks firm became the most recent victim of the over-50-year US economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba, thus joining the list of companies punished by Washington for violating the unilateral US sanctions.
According to Reuters news agency, the US Treasury announced that the energy drinks company settled a potential civil liability suit for allege violations of the US’s anti-Cuba policy, which has been repeatedly condemned by the international community.
Red Bull North America agreed to pay 89 thousand 775 dollars for having shot a documentary film in Cuba without authorization from the Department of Treasury, the agency reported.
But this is not the first time that Washington punishes commercial or financial entities for having any kind of relations with Cuba.
The United States now intends to fine the National Bank of Paris BNP Paribas with 10 billion dollars for alleged violations of US sanctions against Cuba and other countries.
In May, American International Group, in the field of international insurance and services, also agreed to pay a 279-thousand-dollar fine for having relations with the Caribbean nation.
Earlier that month, Decolar.com travel agency, based in Argentina, also agreed to pay 2.8 million dollars for having made transactions that allegedly violated the US blockade of Cuba.
Other banks were also punished by Washington, including UBS of Switzerland and Australia and New Zealand Bank for the same reasons.
The cost of the US blockade on Cuba has been calculated at over one trillion 157 billion dollars and constitutes a violation of the UN Charter and international law.