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Two Cuban diplomats expelled from USA


The United States will expel two employees of the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations (UN), official Department of State spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus  said on Twitter.

According to her, these employees were engaged in activities “detrimental to US national security.”

Ortagus did not give the names of Cuban diplomats and did not specify what specific activity was in question.

The last time the United States expelled Cuban diplomats in 2017, then 15 diplomatic mission employees were expelled from the country.

This decision followed the “acoustic attacks” on the US embassy in Cuba.  Washington reduced the composition of its diplomatic mission and accused Havana of inability to take “appropriate measures.”  “Until the Cuban government can ensure the safety of our diplomats in Cuba, our embassy will be reduced to emergency personnel to minimize the number of diplomats at risk,” said then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

In 2017, AP released an alleged record of one of the attacks.  U.S. Embassy staff and their families complained of strange noises leading to dizziness, pain, and ringing in the ears.

The US is accused of “acoustic attacks” by the Cuban authorities, and they deny their involvement.  Washington is conducting an investigation involving medical and scientific departments, as well as technology experts.


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