Three Soviet tankers, each carrying a cargo of Russian oil for Cuba, passed through the Straits of Gibraltar, July 9/10, on their way to Kavana.
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Background: Three Soviet tankers, each carrying a cargo of Russian oil for Cuba, passed through the Straits of Gibraltar, July 9/10, on their way to Kavana.
This is part of the 200,000-ton oil shipment to be carried by 19 Russian tankers to Cuba this month, according to an announcement, July 5, by the President of the Cuban Petroleum Institute, Senor Alfonso Gutierrez.
An agreement on the delivery of oil and oil products by the Soviet Union to Cuba was signed in Moscow, June 18, less than a fortnight before the Cuban authorities started taking over by force British-controlled and American-owned oil refineries in the island.
Oil tankers reaching Cuba from Russia included the British vessel "Clydefield", which was under charter for a single voyage arranged before the seizure of the refineries. New Jersey's Standard Oil Company has warned that tanker owners doing business with the Soviet Union would risk being blacklisted.
The American ban on sugar imports from Cuba has led Soviet Premier Khrushchev to threaten that Cuba would be protected by Russian rockets if American ever decided on military intervention in the island. President Eisenhower retorted the United States would not permit the establishment of a regime dominated by international Communism in the Western Hemisphere.