According to the Venezuelan Defense Ministry, a US military aircraft breached Venezuelan airspace, drawing condemnation from Caracas for the repeated violation of the country’s sovereignty.
According to a statement by the Defense Ministry, a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III heavy transport aircraft invaded Venezuelan-Colombian border on and for three minutes flew over the western Venezuelan state of Zulia, covering about 14 miles of enemy territory.
The statement notes that the aircraft committed the violation while engaged in a larger set of drills that involved American F-16 and RC-135 aircraft.
The latter was confirmed by independent aircraft tracking sources to have been an RC-135V/W Rivet Joint signals intelligence aircraft, which flew several laps over Colombia’s northeastern La Guajira, Cesar, and Magdalena states.
Caracas noted this is the 21st time this year that US aircraft have violated the Maiquetía Flight Information Region, another name for the airspace governed by Venezuelan air traffic controllers. It called this “a serious violation of international aeronautical standards.”
We reiterate before the international community and multilateral organizations that the presence of US/NATO military bases in Colombian territory represent a permanent threat and constitute an atrocious interference mechanism that significantly affects the stability of the Caribbean and Latin American region.
A screenshot from an online flight tracker shows the C-17, call sign RCH233, cutting across Sierra de Perijá National Park in Venezuela.
Notably, the RC-135V, call sign COOT43 in the image, is immediately to the west of the park as the C-17 enters Venezuelan airspace. As a signals tracking aircraft, it was likely looking at how the Venezuelan military reacted to the incursion.
This occurs when [Colombian President] Ivan Duque slavishly hands over the sovereignty of the Colombian people to foreign military bases. It is a serious threat to the entire region.
Perhaps Venezuela needs to have some deep discussions with Russia for some Buk or Pantsir missile systems or with China for something similar.
After the TWENTY FIRST violation of Venezuelan airspace there needs to be a US plane going down in flames so that they truly understand where, and what, the border is.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2021.