Caracas Accuses US of 'Flagrant Provocation' After USAF Plane Illegally Flies Over Venezuela
The USAF reconnaissance plane spent 4 hours orbiting next to the Zulia border last night, it did multiple passes along the border, not sure what it was looking at but it was interested in something #Venezuela #Colombia https://t.co/SxqGHXlRYE pic.twitter.com/mKd2BXY8nR— CNW (@ConflictsW) July 23, 2021
"We reiterate before the international community and multilateral organizations that the presence of North American 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 where, thanks to the integrationist effort of the Supreme Commander Hugo Chávez, has been working on its consolidation as a Zone of Peace," the ministry added.
El régimen se queja de la excelente estrategia de la Fueza Aérea de Estados Unidos anoche. Les pasa un el C-17A Globemaster III #RCH233 por territorio de #Venezuela para probar la reacción de la #FANB mientras el Rivet Joint #COOT43 analiza cualquier reacción. pic.twitter.com/tm9Yigei8Z— 𝘼𝙧𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙝𝙤 (@Arr3ch0) July 23, 2021
Notably, the RC-135V, callsign 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.
Whether the Thursday incident was an accident or not, the US also purposefully violates Venezuela's claimed waters in what it calls "Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPS), a political stunt in which a US warship ignores a nation's claims if the US considers them "excessive," effectively challenging the country to defend its sovereignty. Once such incident in July 2020 was denounced by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza as "an inexcusable act of provocation” and “erratic and childish.”