9/30/11 (AEIN) A number of American congressmen have sent a jointly-signed letter to the President of a Spanish petroleum company to pressure him not to conduct business with Cuba. Repsol has considered drilling for oil in the Caribbean island, according to state radio.
Thirty-four congressmen signed on to the warning, including a prominent Republican lawmaker in Florida. The letter pressures the Spanish company by cautioning that it may violate U.S. laws by trading with Cuba. This could prevent trade between Repsol and the U.S.
In addition to enforcing trade sanctions during the past fifty years, the United States government often seeks to deter European and other countries from trading with Cuba. The U.S. cut ties with Cuba in 1961, according to the Information Please almanac.