UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Venezuelan defense announced that an American reconnaissance aircraft had violated Venezuela’s airspace. After taking off interceptors, he changed course and left the area.
A US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft violated Venezuelan airspace on Friday (July 19th), the Venezuelan Ministry of Defense said on its website.
“The Bolivarian Armed Forces announce that the command of the anti-aircraft defense has detected on July 19 a plane coming from the northwest of the Caribbean Sea. After entering Venezuela’s airspace, the aircraft did not specify its frequency and did not follow the required procedures. The national interception aircraft have established that it was an electronic reconnaissance device belonging to the US Air Force,” the ministry said in a statement.
After the arrival of the interception planes, the American aircraft changed course and quickly left the region.
“The Bolivarian Armed Forces strongly condemn this type of provocations undertaken by the United States,” said the ministry.
Air traffic suspended between Venezuela and the United States
In May, the US Department of Transport announced the suspension of air traffic between the United States and Venezuela, motivating its decision by instability in the region in recent times.
The suspension is in addition to the Federal Aviation Administration’s May 1 note, which bars the majority of US-certified operators and pilots from flying below 26,000 feet (7,925 meters) above Venezuelan territory. For safety reasons.
Several coup attempts in Venezuela
Venezuela has been in a political crisis since opposition leader Juan Guaido, whose appointment as President of the National Assembly was overruled by the Supreme Court, declared himself “President in office” on 23 January.
On the same day, the United States, the Lima Group countries except Mexico, the Organization of American States (OAS) and several other countries recognized Mr.Guaido as Acting President.
Nicolas Maduro said that the United States had tried to organize a coup in Venezuela and broke off diplomatic relations with the United States. Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey expressed their support for President Maduro.
On April 30, Juan Guaido intervened in front of his supporters gathered in front of La Carlota air base, announcing the beginning of the “final end of the usurpation” and calling to join the demonstrators in their fight against the government in place. Nicolas Maduro then announced the failure of the coup.
In late June, communications minister Jorge Rodriguez said the Venezuelan government had foiled another military coup attempt.
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