A U.S. Navy ship sailed near t Venezuelan coast in clear defiance of Caracas government, which claims to have control of those waters.
The USS Nitze, a US Navy missile-destroyer , entered Tuesday 06/23/2020 in international waters, near Venezuelan coasts, in a maneuver that the Southern Command (Southcom) called a “freedom of navigation operation”.
In a publication on its website, the Southern Command said :
The U.S. Navy ship conducted the operation in international waters outside Venezuela’s 12 nautical-mile territorial jurisdiction. During the operation, the ship lawfully navigated an area the illegitimate Maduro regime falsely claims to have control over, a claim that is inconsistent with international law.
Admiral Craig Faller, commander of the Southern Command, insisted that these “freedoms” are the foundation of ongoing security efforts and essential for “regional peace and stability.”
The move comes after the U.S. Administration chaired by Donald Trump announced in April that it was deploying more U.S. military assets. in the Caribbean under the pretext of interrupting alleged shipments of narcotics by Venezuela.
The US Navy affirms that these are routine operations for freedom of navigation around the world and to preserve the right of guaranteed maritime access to all nations under international law.
“The United States will continue to fly, navigate and operate where international law allows, preserving the rights, freedoms and legal use of the sea and air space guaranteed to all nations,” said Admiral Faller.
However, Washington threatened to prevent the passage of five Iranian oil tankers that traveled to Venezuela in May, despite being in international waters, violating the same “freedom of navigation” that it claims to protect.
The US Navy maneuver, moreover, comes a day after the Iranian-flagged cargo ship Golsan docked in the port of La Guaira with a load of food to supply the South American nation.
After the strategic failure before the shipment of Iranian fuel to Venezuela, the USA It threatened to impose sanctions on ports, shipping companies, and insurers that facilitate such transactions.