Vladimir Padrino, Lovespot: Marco Bello / Reuters
The Minister of defense of Venezuela Vladimir Padrino Lopez said about retaliatory measures against Washington, if the ship of the Navy (Navy), the U.S. will again approach the coast at a distance of about 50 kilometers. On Thursday, June 25, The New York Times reported.
According to him, the incident can be considered a provocation. “This is an empty victory,” said Lopez. The head of the Department said that any military ships of the USA, which entered the territorial waters of Venezuela will apply the response.
On Tuesday, June 23, the American missile destroyer USS Nitze (“Nitze”) conducted an operation called “Freedom of navigation” on the coast of Venezuela and crossed its border areas. The southern command of the armed forces of the United States denied the statements of Lopez and also said that since the country is “trying to control areas that are not part of them”.
Colonel of the US army and a representative of the southern command by Amanda Azubuike explained that the Navy ensures the freedom of navigation. “This region is no different, and we will continue to challenge excessive claims,” said Azubuike in response to accusations of Venezuela.
It is noted that in April the United States began to run large-scale operations against drug trafficking carried from the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific ocean.
On 22 June it was reported that the President of the United States Donald trump admitted the possibility of meeting with the leader of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro. Meanwhile, the American President is not particularly regrets that followed the advice of his former Advisor John Bolton and supported the leader of the Venezuelan opposition of Juan Guido.
In April 2019, Guido urged the military, as well as all the population to overthrow President Maduro. He said that the army took his side, and called the events “the final phase of “operation Freedom””. However, the next day, Maduro announced his victory over the forces of the opposition. Russia supported the incumbent President, the United States recognized the legitimacy of Guido.
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