A Venezuelan fighter aircraft recently made an "unsafe approach" to a US Navy aircraft flying in worldwide airspace, "endangering the safety of the crew and jeopardizing" the aircraft's mission, the US military said Sunday.
A Venezuelan fighter jet "aggressively shadowed" a U.S. Navy aircraft, endangering the crew and the mission, U.S. Southern Command said Sunday.
"After reviewing video documentation, we have determined the Russian-made fighter aggressively shadowed the EP-3 at an unsafe distance in worldwide airspace for a prolonged period of time, endangering the safety of the crew and jeopardizing the EP-3 mission", the statement read.More news: Trump Resumes Twitter Attack on Four Democratic Congresswomen
The EP-3 aircraft was "adhering to worldwide standards and rules" at the time of the incident, SOUTHCOM said.
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Venezuela's government has offered opposition to maintain contact dialogue for peace in the country during the latest round of talks in Barbados, President Nicolas Maduro said.More news: Avengers: Endgame Box Office Set to Surpass Avatar!
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 global waters and had been "aggressively shadowed". Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said on Twitter the incident happened around midday on Friday, and created a safety risk for commercial aircraft from the country's main airport.
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has sought to leverage sanctions amid its push to oust Maduro, whose 2018 re-election has been deemed illegitimate by the United States and most Western nations. The run-in itself took place on July 19, according to the U.S. military.
SOUTHCOM said the action of the Venezuelan fighter on Friday "demonstrates Russia's irresponsible military support to Maduro's illegitimate regime and underscores Maduro's recklessness and irresponsible behavior, which undermines global rule of law and efforts to counter illicit trafficking".More news: 'Game of Thrones' cast defend final season at Comic-Con
Since the Venezuelan plane was Russian-made, the United States military did not hesitate to blame its favorite bogeyman - Moscow - for the incident. The Sukhoi SU-30 is a twin-engine Russian fighter aircraft.