Havana, Cuba.- Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said today that the United States is upset by its own impotence in the midst of the escalation of hostility against the island.

Washington cruelly blockade us and condemns us to even greater hardship in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Diaz-Canel wrote on his Twitter account.

‘It is outrageous to see how he lies and slanders,’ the president added, sharing a tweet from Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in which he denounced the U.S. campaign against Cuba’s medical cooperation.

The country faces the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, protects its people and shares efforts with others in the world, the head of state added.

While in another message in his account @DiazCanelB, the dignitary stressed his indignation upon seeing how the empire blocks, accuses, lies and slanders a small and noble sovereign, brave, firm and solidarity-based nation.

Diaz-Canel’s comment refers to the refutation by the Foreign Ministry (MINREX) of accusations by the U.S. magazine Newsweek about alleged links to drug trafficking.

In a diplomatic note to the U.S. Embassy here, the MINREX officially rejected the reports of a ‘senior official’ of the U.S. Department of Defense who assured to have evidence of drug trafficking between Venezuela and Cuba.

The U.S. government and its specialized agencies have more than enough elements to refute the defamatory allegations, the Foreign Ministry added in its note.

Washington is aware, he added, that Cuba has a zero tolerance policy towards drug trafficking and actively participates in regional and global initiatives and programs to deal with drug consumption.

The Newsweek publication joins the recent White House campaign to link Venezuelan government leaders with narco-terrorism.

On March 26, the Department of Justice announced charges in that case against leading figures in the Venezuelan government, and offered multi-million dollar rewards for information about President Nicolas Maduro and other top officials.