UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The US military has accused a Venezuelan fighter plane of tracking an American EPA-3 Ares 2 aircraft “aggressively” over international airspace in another sign of growing hostility between the two countries.
The confrontation between the US and Venezuelan planes took place on Friday, the same day the US administration announced sanctions against four senior military intelligence officials.
The US military said in a statement on Sunday that it had concluded that “the Russian-made fighter aircraft aggressively tracked the EP-3 aircraft at an unsafe distance in international airspace for a long period of time, thus endangering crew safety and the mission of the E-3 aircraft.”
The planes did not collide and no one was hurt.
The administration of President Donald Trump has repeatedly used sanctions in an attempt to topple Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who considered the United States and most Western countries his re-election in 2018 illegal.
Maduro still enjoys the support of the armed forces and other institutions in Venezuela.
“The Maduro system continues to undermine internationally recognized laws and shows contempt for international conventions that allow the United States and other countries to fly safely in international airspace,” the US military said in a statement.
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