HAVANA TIMES — Forty-four U.S. senators sent a letter to President Raul Castro asking for the release US agent Alan Gross, said the office of Republican Senator Jerry Moran on Wednesday, reported AFP.
Gross’s detention “is the main obstacle to improving our bilateral relations,” read the message signed by about half of the members of the Senate (100 in total) US.
The Cuban courts sentenced Gross to 15 years of prison for smuggling advanced military-type communications equipment to dissidents on the island.
Cuban foreign ministry official Josefina Vidal says Cuba has proposed talks with the United States about the Alan Gross case, but “up to this moment we have not received a response.”
“Therefore,” she adds, “it is clear that it is not Cuba, but the United States that is not showing interest in this case.” The State Department responded with a statement that rejects the idea of talks with Cuba and instead demands a “humanitarian gesture to release Mr. Gross.”