UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Venezuela launched yesterday, Wednesday, July 24, a major military exercise that will take place in three stages and will end on August 30.
International media have announced that at the height of its tensions with the United States, Venezuela has just launched its second largest military naval exercise in the Venezuelan Caribbean, a move considered by international experts as a message to Caracas. in Washington.
Indeed, Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, on Wednesday oversaw the launch of a large-scale defensive military exercise in the Venezuelan Caribbean.
“We will test several weapons that Venezuela needs to defend our territorial integrity,” Maduro said during the exercise.
From the headquarters of the strategic operational command of the national Bolivarian Armed Forces, Maduro authorized the beginning of the military maneuvers in the Gulf of Venezuela.
“It’s a joint deployment of all our defensive capabilities. More than one million men and women and contingents of auxiliary forces have been perfectly coordinated, “Maduro said.
The exercise will be conducted in three stages and will end on August 30th.
It takes place in the midst of heightened tensions with the United States, which has supported far-right opposition in its attempt to drive Maduro away from power.
This is the second large-scale military exercise in Venezuela this year. The first took place in February.
The news agency TASS reported: “According to Maduro, the 1 st stage of the maneuver known as” Simon Bolivar Liberation Campaign 2019 “will be on 5 days.”
Mauricio Claver-Carone, director of the Western Hemisphere Affairs Division of the US National Security Council, told the Spanish news agency EFE that Washington and its allies were giving Nicolas Maduro a deadline to he leaves power and if he refuses, he will be exposed to more and more severe measures.
In January 2019, Juan Guaido, president of the National Assembly of Venezuela questioned the results of the presidential election that had been won by Nicolas Maduro. He then proclaimed himself president of the country.
The Venezuelan government is trying to find solutions to the economic crisis and it is in this context that it sold, in spite of the American sanctions, a part of its reserves in gold. With the help of Beijing and Moscow, Maduro hopes to cope more easily with sanctions.
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