The Venezuelan government has denounced a “freedom of navigation operation” performed by the US Navy on Thursday, calling the violation of Venezuelan waters by a US warship one more step into the wrong direction.
US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) announced on Thursday that a US Navy destroyer, the USS Pinckney, had “challenged Venezuela’s excessive maritime claim in international waters during a successful freedom of navigation operation in the Caribbean Sea.
The illegitimate Maduro regime improperly claims excessive controls over those international waters, which extend three miles beyond the 12-mile territorial sea, a claim that is inconsistent with international law.
The US regime has maintained since January 2019 that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is not the legitimate leader of Venezuela, instead championing an unknown politician named Juan Guaido, who never ran in a presidential election.
Freedom of navigation operations (FONOP’s) are one tactic adopted by the Pentagon to challenge territorial claims around the world, but especially in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait.
Such operations involve sailing straight through claimed waters as if those claims did not exist, all while posturing as defenders of the “right of nations to access, transit and navigate international waters?
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced the FONOP in a statement, calling it “an inexcusable act of provocation.
Arreaza noted the USS Pinckney sailed at a distance of 16.1 nautical miles from the Venezuelan coast, well within the country’s contiguous zone, which extends up to 27.6 miles from the coast.
According to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, a nation may exercise the control necessary to (a) prevent infringement of its customs, immigration, fiscal or sanitary laws and regulations within its territory or territorial sea; (b) punish infringement of the above laws and regulations committed within its territorial sea.
What is ironic is the fact that the USA has never ratified the ‘Law of the Sea Treaty’, yet, assumes the USA is the International Law, where International Waters are concerned.
Yankee Pirate Navy. A navy of double standard, since when did the USA ever respect international law? USA is so pathetic, getting more desperate every day for oil. Once the world bands together, US regime will be toast.
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