US condemns Venezuela aircraft’s ‘unsafe approach’

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The United States military has accused a Venezuelan fighter aircraft of endangering the crew of a US navy plane in international airspace.

The Venezuelan plane made an “unsafe approach” and “aggressively shadowed” the US reconnaissance aircraft over the Caribbean Sea, US Southern Command said on Sunday.

Venezuela said the US plane had entered Venezuelan airspace without permission. It added that the US aircraft had violated the “security of air operations and international treaties.”

Relations between the two countries have been tense for years.

According to Venezuela, more than 76 US aircraft have attempted to enter Venezuelan airspace in 2019.

 

Via CNN / US Southern Command

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