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A Portuguese-flagged ship rammed into a Coast Guard vessel on patrol near Tortuga Island.
Venezuela’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez Tuesday rejected the attack carried out by the Resolute, a Portuguese-flagged passenger ship, against the Venezuelan coast guard ship Naiguata, which was patrolling northeast of Tortuga Island on Monday.
"Our ship ordered the Resolute to go to the Margarita port. Initially, the ship complied but then decided to collide and sink it," Padrino Lopez said from the Miraflores Palace in Caracas.
"The collision caused extensive damage... a search and rescue operation had to be launched, without the Portuguese-flagged vessel responding to the rescue request made by the Venezuelan crew," outlet El Heraldo reported.
The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (Fanb) described the attack as cowardly and criminal given that the Portuguese-flagged ship did not attempt to rescue the Venezuelan crew and thus failed to comply with international regulations that regulate the rescue of life at sea.
"Nicolas Maduro will never again govern Venezuela," declares Mike Pompeo, who apparently now decides who gets to govern Venezuela. But don't worry, he didn't take out any Facebook ads & pay for it in rubles, so no need for any MSNBC/CNN pundits or Democratic leaders to object. pic.twitter.com/6mGbNk3483
On Tuesday, Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez also expressed his rejection of an aggressive act whose objectives have not yet been clarified.
"Venezuela rejects this international piracy criminal action against our Bolivarian Navy, which had dark and evil objectives! Our recognition to the brave and courageous officials who defended the territorial integrity of our Homeland!," Rodriguez tweeted.