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U.S. Military along with other countries conducting exercises off coast of Venezuela / The United States Southern Command began a military exercise with the participation of 18 associated nations and about 2,500 soldiers on the island of Barbados, 1,078 kilometers from Venezuela.

The military organization reported that the so-called Tradewinds 2017 is a “multinational exercise of security and response to maritime disasters in the Caribbean” with the participation of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana , Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as military personnel from the US, Canada, France, Mexico and the United Kingdom.


According to the chief of the United States Southern Command, Kurt W. Tidd, these military maneuvers ensure the security of the region. However, the military force has been accused of interventionist and threatening governments in the region, such as Venezuela.

In April, Kurt W. Tidd submitted a report to the Senate warning that Venezuela could be a “destabilizing” element for the region.

The official’s statements have been rejected by the Venezuelan government and join other actions of the United States to put pressure on Venezuela, including the sessions of the Organization of American States (OAS) in which they try to apply the Inter-American Charter to this country .

In addition, Venezuela’s declaration continues as a “threat to the national security of the United States,” which seeks to justify foreign intervention, as the Venezuelan Government has repeatedly said.

Military maneuvers are composed of two phases. Tradewinds Phase I that is in Barbados from June 6 to 12, and Phase II to be held in Trinidad and Tobago from June 13 to 17. Read Article

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