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World Venezuela says US military jet violated its airspace

03:48  24 july  2021
03:48  24 july  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Venezuela 's armed forces said on Friday that a U . S . military plane violated its airspace along the South American country's border with Colombia in what it said was a "flagrant provocation." "They are performing reconnaissance tasks on Venezuelan geophysical space , and thus we do not rule out other possible hostile actions that violate our sovereignty and territorial integrity," the Venezuelan armed forces said in a statement. The U . S . State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

According to the Venezuelan Defense Ministry, a US military aircraft entered Venezuelan airspace on Friday, drawing condemnation from Caracas for the violation of the Peace," the ministry added. "I categorically reject the violation of our sovereign airspace by a US military aircraft," Venezuelan Defense Minister Gen. Vladimir Padrino said on Twitter on Friday. "This occurs when [Colombian President] Ivan Duque slavishly hands over the sovereignty of the Colombian people to foreign military bases.

Venezuela on Friday accused the United States, of violating its airspace, in what it said was a "blatant provocation," warning it would "respond forcefully" to any maneuver it saw as an act of aggression.

a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, pictured April 4, 2021; Caracas charges that a US jet violated its airspace © - Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, pictured April 4, 2021; Caracas charges that a US jet violated its airspace

The incident came as the Colombian and US militaries took part in exercises near Venezuela's Caribbean coastline.

Venezuela reported that a US "type C-17 heavy military transport" crossed into its airspace late Thursday for "a period of three minutes... making a journey of approximately 14 nautical miles," a defense ministry statement said.

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Venezuela 's military weighed in Sunday, denouncing the US aircraft for violating "security of air operations and international treaties." The military reported that Venezuelan strategic high command "proceeded to intercept the aircraft through two airplanes of the Bolivarian Air Force with the intention of applying the international protocols established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). As the US aircraft did not comply with such protocols, it was forced to vacate (the Venezuelan airspace )."

A US Coast Guard Dash 8 conducted an operation near Venezuelan airspace both on Friday and Saturday without notifying the Venezuelan military ’s air traffic controllers about its presence, thus “flagrantly violating international norms,” Lopez said . “Our fighter jets , commanded by the president, flew Lopez described the incident as a “provocation” caused by the fact that the US “underestimated” Venezuela ’s capability to take counter-measures. It was not the first time US planes had violated Venezuelan airspace , the minister noted. “It is not just this case, it is 32 violations of our airspace

"This blatant provocation took place during joint military exercises by the Colombian Air Force and Army in the Departments of Antioquia and Cundinamarca, respectively, in which there is also a presence of American F-16 and RC135 fighter jets for strategic exploration," it added.

On July 16, the Colombian Air Force reported joint military training exercises with the United States "with the objective of improving interoperability with allied countries."


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"We are aware that as part of the aforementioned exercises, reconnaissance tasks are being carried out toward Venezuelan geographic space, which is why we do not rule out other possible hostile actions against our sovereignty and territorial integrity," said the Venezuelan government.

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The US military said the incident took place over the Caribbean Sea on July 19, but did not indicate how close the EP-3 was to the Venezuelan border, stating that the planes were in international airspace . A screenshot from the video © Ruptly / DVIDS. The actions of the Venezuelan plane were The tweet comes after Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino accused the US spy plane of entering the Flight Information Region (FIR) Maiquetía, controlled by the country, without authorization. This violated the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and “constituted an

The U . S . military rejected Venezuela ’s claim that a U . S . intelligence aircraft flew over the South American nation’s airspace on Friday, saying the American jet was over international waters and had been “aggressively shadowed.” Venezuelan defense officials sad the U . S . aircraft entered local airspace over the Caribbean in a one-hour flight in breach of international treaties, until it was pursued by the Venezuelan air force. The flight created a safety risk for commercial aircraft in the vicinity of Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetia, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said on Twitter.

President Nicolas Maduro "has issued precise orders to remain alert and respond forcefully to any act of aggression," the text warned.

Venezuela does not have diplomatic relations with the United States and Colombia, a country with which it shares a porous border of more than 2,200 kilometers (1,367 miles).

Caracas's relations with Bogota and Washington have been strained since the presidency of the late Hugo Chavez, but tensions escalated after the United States and Colombia recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as president, deeming Maduro's reelection in 2018 fraudulent.

Maduro often denounces what he describes as plans to assassinate or overthrow him led by the two governments, his main international rivals.

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