Venezuela Denounces Provocation by US Military Ship

(TELESUR) – Padrino Lopez noted that U.S. actions show a lack of knowledge of international maritime law.

Venezuela’s Defense Minister General Vladimir Padrino Lopez Wednesday denounced that the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Nitze (DDG 94) carried out operations 30 miles north of the Venezuelan coast.

Padrino Lopez mentioned that the U.S. Southern Command Admiral Craig Faller called the destroyer’s entry into Venezuelan maritime space a “victory” and justified it as part of a “freedom of navigation operation, contesting anexcessive maritime claim by Venezuela.”

The Bolivarian Minister rejected that description, noting that Faller’s statements show his ignorance of international maritime law.

“If you dare to carry out acts of law in the sea that corresponds to Venezuela, you will receive a response worthy of our patriots,” General Padrino Lopez emphasized and added that “that is stipulated by our Constitution and is the order of the Commander-in-Chief.”

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