Venezuela has said it is provoked by the American destroyer
The Venezuelan foreign Ministry urged to condemn the statements of the U.S. southern command about the excessive control of the Venezuelan waters and called provocation maneuvers of the missile destroyer "Pinckney" in their adjacent waters.
"The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela refers to the national and international community to condemn shameful statements by the southern command of the United States of America, which indicated that Venezuela was undergoing "excessive control" over their jurisdictional waters, while the warship USS Pinckney (DDG-91) was the tree in our contiguous zone at a distance of 16.1 nautical miles from the coast of Venezuela," - said in a statement the foreign Ministry Jorge Arreaza on Twitter.
According to the southern command at the site of this structure, the U.S. Navy on the eve of "challenged excessive requests of Venezuela in international waters in the successful operation of freedom of navigation in the Caribbean sea".
The Venezuelan foreign Ministry in its statement pointed out that the secret infiltration of an American military vessel within the jurisdictional waters of the country clearly violates the international law of the sea, and tied "erratic and infantile provocative actions" of the U.S. military with the recent electoral visit of the President of the United States Donald trump at the base of the military command in Florida.
The President of the United States Donald trump 1 April said that the US launches massive anti-drug operation in the Western hemisphere that the cartels are unable to take advantage of the situation in the light of the coronavirus. According to him, for this there will be placed for more ships, planes and helicopters. The Reuters passed earlier that in the framework of the fight against drug trafficking, the administration trump will put Navy ships near Venezuela to pressure President Nicolas Maduro and his allies. Washington has not recognized Maduro President of the country and believes that opposition leader Juan Guido, illegally proclaimed himself interim head of state.