CUBAN, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Cuban President Raul Castro, a former communist guerrilla, has warned the United States to stop meddling in his country’s internal affairs and the United Nations Security Council to stop interfering in Cuba’s internal politics, an opinion poll published on Tuesday showed.
“There is a need to understand the situation in Cuba as well as the situation abroad,” Castro said in the survey by pollster Comida, which was carried out on behalf of state broadcaster TV5Monde.
“We are very worried that there is no international control of our internal affairs,” he added.
“In the US there are two administrations, one in Washington, DC, the other in New York, with two parties in the US.
They do not share a single policy on internal affairs.”
The poll was conducted after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a referendum, which sparked diplomatic tensions between the United State and the island’s former Cold War foes.
In the survey, 64 percent of Cubans said the United U.S. should stop meddling.
Just 28 percent said it should not, while 15 percent said they did not know.
The survey also showed that 39 percent of respondents said Cuba’s relationship with Russia was bad, while only 20 percent said relations were good.
“I am not a dictator but I can assure you that there will be a revolution,” Castro told the pollsters.
“This revolution will take place, this revolution will be democratic.”
Castro also warned the international community against meddling in Cuba, calling it a “dangerous thing” and saying he would “fight against any interference in Cuba”.
He said the Cuban people would defend their country and its sovereignty.
“The world cannot allow itself to become one of those places that are in a situation of aggression, of domination and aggression against our country,” Castro added.
Castro made the remarks after a meeting with top U.N. diplomats on Monday.
The meeting in Geneva was aimed at reviving the two-year-old Cuban peace process, which has failed to produce any breakthrough.
The United States and Cuba have traded accusations of human rights abuses for decades.
Last year, U.NAFTA diplomats in Havana agreed to reopen the trade pact that allows free movement of people and goods between the two countries.
U.S., EU trade and investment ties with Cuba have also plunged under the weight of sanctions imposed by the United Nats on several key sectors.