Venezuela Carries Out Defensive Exercises, Demands Britain Remove Its Warship From Guyana
The British warship was deployed to Guyana following Venezuela's renewal of its claim on a disputed portion of Guyana.
COLUMBIA - Venezuelan President President Nicolás Maduro has announced that the Venezuelan armed forces will be carrying out defensive exercises in the East Caribbean off the country's east coast, and next to its border with Guyana as tensions between Venezuela, Guyana, and Britain heat up.
The announcement followed Venezuela's renewal of its claim on a disputed portion of Guyana, and the response of the British Royal Navy by sending the HMS Trent River-class offshore patrol vessel which had been deployed to the Caribbean Sea in early December to hunt drug smugglers.
Guyana, which sits between Venezuela and Suriname, is the only English-speaking country in South America and has strong relations with Britain after claiming its independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.
Strategic cooperation between Venezuela, Russia, China, Cuba, Iran, Syria, and Turkey has been on the increase with China saying that it would be willing to deepen its own cooperation with the country in various fields, according to a statement by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Maduro in September of this year.
In November of this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the draft treaty on strategic partnership and cooperation with Venezuela.