Chavez says US violates Venezuela airspace

President Chavez said he ordered two F-16 jets to intercept a U.S. military plane that twice violated Venezuelan airspace.

Chavez says US violates Venezuela airspace

President Hugo Chavez said he ordered two F-16 jets to intercept a U.S. military plane that twice violated Venezuelan airspace on Friday in what he called the latest provocation in the South American nation's skies.

Brandishing a photo of the plane, which he described as a P-3, Chavez said the overflight was the latest incursion in Venezuelan skies by the U.S. military from its bases on the Netherlands' Caribbean islands and from neighboring Colombia.

"They are provoking us ... these are warplanes," he said.

There was no immediate response from the U.S. Defense Department or the White House.

Chavez said the F-16s escorted the U.S. plane away after two incursions lasting 15 and 19 minutes each.

The perceived threat of U.S. intervention has become a central element of Chavez's political discourse and a rallying cry for his supporters.

Reuters
Last Mod: 09 Ocak 2010, 17:39
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