HAVANA, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) lacked an independent Cuba policy due to the U.S. pressure, Cuba's Vice Foreign Minister Eumelio Caballero said Wednesday.
"Sadly it has been impossible for the EU to develop its own Cuba policy because it is vulnerable to pressures from the United States," Caballero said at the 14th session of the International European Studies Conference held in this Cuban capital on Nov. 27-30.
Caballero said Cuba was seeking relationship with the EU based on mutual respect. "Cuba demands the EU's elimination of sanctions imposed on Cuba in 2003, so there can be a respectful dialogue between the two sides," he said.
Noting the European Council's proposal to seek an open and integral political dialogue between the two sides, he said such a dialogue would be impossible without the elimination of the sanctions.
Wednesday's session at Havana's European Studies Center is devoted to Europe's relationship with Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean.