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Brazil bolsters northern border amid Venezuela and Guyana clashes

Brazil bolsters northern border amid Venezuela and Guyana clashes Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

Brazil bolsters defense actions along its northern border in response to territorial disputes with its neighbors, Guyana and Venezuela, according to Reuters.

"The Ministry of Defense has been monitoring the situation. Defensive actions have been intensified in the northern border region of the country, promoting a greater military presence," the statement said.

According to the news agency, Brazil decided to relocate more military resources to the north due to escalating tensions between Venezuela and Guyana over the oil-rich region known as Esequiba, which constitutes over two-thirds of Guyana's total territory.

It became known that on December 3, Venezuelans will vote in a referendum regarding rights to Esequiba.

It is expected that on Friday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will decide on Guyana's request to annul the referendum. The Venezuelan government stated it would proceed regardless.

It's worth noting that Venezuela and Guyana have been disputing the Esequiba region since 1966. In 2015, the declaration of significant oil deposits near Esequiba renewed Venezuela's interest in the region.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recently warned about other conflicts that could erupt worldwide. He noted that conflicts in Israel might not end the disputes.