The US Commerce Department on Friday October 18th announced new sanctions on Cuba that would restrict its access to commercial aircraft, over its support for Venezuela's government and human rights violations, Reuters reported.
The US administration does not recognise the government of President Nicolas Maduro, as it now considers him an illegitimate president.
The US will revoke the current licenses for aircraft leases to airlines owned by Cuba and will not issue new leases, the department said in a statement, adding that sanctions will also target foreign goods that have US content.
"This action by the Commerce Department sends another clear message to the Cuban regime – that they must immediately cease their destructive behavior at home and abroad," Secretary Wilbur Ross said in the statement.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on September 26th said Washington had placed diplomatic sanctions on Raul Castro, Cuba's former president, for supporting Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, Reuters reported.
The US also sanctioned Castro's four children Alejandro, Deborah, Mariela, and Nilsa.
Pompeo said Castro, leader of the Cuban Communist Party, was "responsible for Cuba’s actions to prop up the former Maduro regime in Venezuela through violence, intimidation, and repression."
Cuba has strongly criticized the US at the United Nation, citing that the sole aim behind the travel sanctions, first imposed earlier in September, was to humiliate Cubans, AFP reported.