RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Defense Minister and head of the Venezuelan armed forces, General Vladimir Padrino López, said during a public appearance that a US Navy ship had approached within 30 nautical miles of the Venezuelan coast.
General Padrino described the intrusion into Venezuelan waters as both a "threat" and a "provocation". The action reflected the "arrogant attitude" of the US government.
In parallel, Padrino warned Craig Faller, head of the Southern Command of the US Armed Force that should the US venture into Venezuelan territory to conduct military operations, "it will get an immediate response from our forces . . .