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Sat Apr 4, 2020, 11:31 AM

Sanctions should not impede coronavirus fight, EU diplomat says

Josep Borrell backs UN call for global ceasefire to allow the world to focus on pandemic

Damien Gayle

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Sat 4 Apr 2020 06.21 EDT

Sanctions should not stop the delivery of medical equipment and supplies to countries trying to contain outbreaks of coronavirus, the EUís top diplomat has said.

Josep Borrell, the EUís high representative for foreign affairs, made his comments in a declaration on Friday in which he backed the UNís call for an immediate global ceasefire to allow the world to focus on the pandemic.

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Borrellís comments came after the US ignored calls to suspend its sanctions on Venezuela and Iran, and after Cuban officials said the six-decade US embargo of their country had blocked a shipment of coronavirus aid from Asiaís richest man, Jack Ma.

Ma, the Chinese founder of the wholesale website Alibaba, had tried to send face masks, coronavirus rapid test kits and ventilators to Cuba through his foundation, but the shipment was blocked at the last minute after the air freight carrier hired to take it pulled out.

More:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/04/sanctions-should-not-impede-coronavirus-fight-josep-borrell-eu

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Sat Apr 4, 2020, 11:54 AM

1. Wish remarks would say 'trump inspired' [mess], instead 'of U.S.'

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Sat Apr 4, 2020, 01:00 PM

2. If only....

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