A Venezuelan Su-30 fighter jet “aggressively shadowed” an American spy plane over the Caribbean Sea, the US military said, claiming the war jet was at an “unsafe distance” and blaming Russia for its “irresponsible” support for Caracas.
Footage of the Russian-made Su-30 aircraft approaching a US EP-3 reconnaissance plane was released by the Southern Command on Sunday.
However, the Su-30 did not seem to have any visible weaponry, however planes of the type usually come fitted with an internal auto-cannon.
The US military said the incident took place over the Caribbean Sea on July 19, but did not indicate how close the EP-3 was to the Venezuelan border, stating that the planes were in international airspace.
Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino accused the US spy plane of entering the Flight Information Region (FIR) Maiquetía, controlled by the country, without authorization.
The intrusion violated the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and constituted an aeronautical risk for other aircraft. The Dutch controlled Caribbean ABC Island colonies do not allow the US military to use its airspace either.
Amid ongoing US-backed attempts to oust Maduro and install self-styled ‘interim-president’ Juan Guaido, Washington has repeatedly called upon Moscow to stop its cooperation with Venezuela and “get out” of the country.
Russia says the cooperation, which is in compliance with all international rules, is only set to expand in the nearby future as the US regime keeps on its warmongering mission against Venezuela.
RT .com / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2019.