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  • Venezuelan soldiers are a ship during a military exercise in La Guaira, Venezuela, Jan. 8, 2017.

    Venezuelan soldiers are a ship during a military exercise in La Guaira, Venezuela, Jan. 8, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 26 December 2018

Venezuela affirmed that the new US interference against its national sovereignty aims to promote corporate interests.

Venezuela's Ministry of Foreign Affairs described as "interventionist and disrespectful" U.S. comments on an incident in which the country's navy stopped two Exxon Mobil ships exploring for oil in its maritime space, Tuesday.

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"The Venezuelan government categorically rejects the intrusive and impertinent communiqué of the United States Department of State on the sovereign action on Dec. 23 by the Bolivarian National Army, in strict protection of the undisputedly Venezuelan jurisdictional waters," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

On Saturday, Dec. 23, two ships hired by Exxon Mobil were intercepted by the Venezuelan Navy after violating the sovereign maritime space of Venezuela.

Despite the fact that the Venezuelan procedure followed international norms and agreements regarding these cases, the United States criticized the maneuver by calling on Venezuela to "respect international law and the sovereignty of its neighbors."

"We are monitoring reports that the Venezuelan Navy may have interfered with vessels operating on behalf of ExxonMobil. We underscore that Guyana has the sovereign right to explore and exploit resources in its territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone," Robert Palladino reported through his Twitter account on Sunday, fully ignoring the details of the events that took place.

"Interventionist gift. Mr. Robert Palladino, 3rd level official of the U.S.Department of State, intrudes in Venezuela's sovereign acts. Here is the overwhelming response of the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs that put the insolent man in his place."

In reaction to the U.S. Department spokesman's   misinformation, Venezuela's Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched its response Tuesday, stating that the vessels "were in waters within the projection of Venezuela's Orinoco Delta, so they could never have been located in any of Guyana's Exclusive Economic Zone."

"It is clear that the U.S Government interferes with convenience in a matter that is not at all of its concern, in order to promote corporate interests linked to Washington's ruling elite, regardless of the most elementary public international law rules," the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said.

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