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the US on Wednesday reversed a longstanding Cuba policy alarming companies doing business on the communist run island Washington it now wants to allow Americans to sue firms for using properties allegedly seized during the nineteen fifty nine revolution those doing business in Cuba should fully investigate whether they're connected to property stolen service of a failed communist experiment the state department said the change could draw hundreds of thousands of legal claims with tens of billions of dollars but US president Donald trump's decision which will take effect on may second is strongly opposed by the European Union whose companies have large business interests on the island you know the rest of my life in the end I think this is bad for everyone it's a lose lose holes with bill and it's an agreement from nineteen ninety eight all US presidents have been respecting renewing every six months including Mr trump and the first two years of his term you know Sonya this one up the policy shift comes at a time Washington is demanding of and it ended support for Venezuela's socialist president Nicolas Maduro Cuba has had close ties with Caracas since the days of Google Chavez and is maintained economic and political ties despite growing calls for Majuro to step aside , we will never abandon their duty in acting in solidarity with Venezuela but if you will , no written we reject strongly all types of blackmail US national security adviser John Bolton is expected to discuss the decision in a speech in Miami on Wednesday and administration officials said Bolton will announce new sanctions on Cuba Venezuela and Nicaragua countries he has branded quote a troika of tyranny