Venezuela denounces inexcusable act of provocation by the U.S. Southern Command in the Contiguous Zone

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela addresses the national and international community on the occasion of denouncing the infamous statements issued by the United States Southern Command, through its official social media accounts, in which it points out that Venezuela is exercising “excessive control” over its jurisdictional waters, while the war vessel USS PINCKNEY (DDG-91) was sailing in our Contiguous Zone at a distance of sixteen point one (16.1) nautical miles from the Venezuelan coast.

The illegal entry of the U.S. vessel into Venezuelan jurisdictional waters is a clear violation of International Maritime Law an can only be described as an inexcusable act of provocation, erratic and childish, which is being carried out as a result of the recent visit of Donald Trump to the aforementioned military command in Florida, in his desperate campaign to attract the Latino vote in that state in exchange for the permanent and illegal aggression against Venezuela.

The institutions of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, particularly its Bolivarian National Armed Forces, will ensure respect for the sacred sovereignty and territorial integrity of Venezuela at all costs according to international law, contemplating all actions deemed necessary, without falling into absurd provocations intended to affect the peace and tranquility of Venezuelans, as well as the Latin American and Caribbean peoples.

Caracas, July 16th, 2020

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