The presence of US warships off Venezuela does not enhance confidence, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Thursday.

According to the diplomat, on May 9, a warship of the US Coast Guard was spotted 20 kilometers off the Venezuelan port of La Guaira. “This activity only aggravates the situation and does not contribute to the strengthening of trust,” the diplomat stressed.

“At the same time, the radical opposition has initiated negotiations with the Southern Command of the US Armed Forces to overthrow the legitimate government,” she added.

The diplomat reiterated that Moscow was urging the Venezuelan politicians to peaceful methods in the settlement of the crisis, calling inadmissible the moves triggering a civil war and violence.

She also condemned last week’s incident in which US police officers broke into the building of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington. “This is a gross violation of Article 22 and Article 45 of the Vienna Convention in regards to ensuring the protection of the diplomatic mission,” she stated.

Political crisis in Venezuela worsened after on January 23 Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been cancelled by the country’s Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally in the country’s capital of Caracas.

He was recognized by the United States along with Lima Group members (excluding Mexico), the Organization of American States and most European Union’s member-states. Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey voiced support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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more support for you is on Make America Peaceful Again (MAPA):
https://www.academia.edu/39227725/Scientists_For_Chinese_Trumps

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Showing an aircraft carrier and calling an USCG cutter a warship seems abusive to me :
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Maybe they should send Dutch warships as much of the waters off the Venesuelan coast are, in fact, Dutch.

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USCGC James (WMSL-754) has a 57mm Bofors gun, 1 Phalanx CIWS, 4 × .50BMG machine guns, 2 × M240B 7.62 mm machine guns and two choppers. For a 4,500t 127m long ship, it’s pretty lame, these ships are not even built to 100% military standards, only 90%. In fact, these are OK to intercept blue-sea drug trafficking, piracy, etc… Now, if you take a look at the region , you will notice that in the Caribbean, you have many island which are US, Dutch, French, Brit or dependencies of these countries, add that the Panama channel is protected by USA.… Read more »

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In fact, the Dutch Navy has permanently a Corvet stationed at Curacao, changed every six months. There is also a permanent Marines camp at Curacao. At the moment there are thousands of Venezuelan refugees on the islands.

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Yeah, it’s ultra low deployment, but, actually, you have a real pooling of NATO means to simply protect the EEZ of all these islands from illegal fisheries, and if you don’t maintain a minimal navy activities, you soon end with piracy, I think the Caribbean area has a long history at it BTW. This is no secret, although, yup, I didn’t verified the exact deployments. Now, there is a big difference between having a corvette armed with serious missiles and a 76/62 navy-gun with 40km range guided shells patrolling, and a US Cost Guard cutter which is only equipped for… Read more »

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Yes, the Dutch chip is mainly used for suppressing the narcotics trade, though it also participates in joined naval exercises with other countries. And there are official visits to other countries. A second ship might be a good idee though.

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You’d need to spend 2% instead of 1.3% of GDP into the military to do this, it’d mean €5.6B more taxes a year 😉 BTW, you’d had spared A LOT by playing more the EU-card on military gear : The best bang for the buck in fighter aircraft and SAM systems are Dassault Rafale and EuroSAM SAMP/T, moreover, its Aster-30 is far better for ships than RIM-66. IMHO, we should implement an EU nuclear sharing policy : IMHO, NL, Belgium and Italy went for the F-35 flying t**d because of the B61 nuke while, well, they anyway don’t have the… Read more »