Venezuelan President Slams US “Double” Incursion into National Airspace

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has hit out at mounting aggressions against his government after a US Boeing 707 E-3 Sentry illegally entered Venezuelan airspace on two occasions. 

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A US Boeing 707 E-3 in flight (Courtesy: US Airforce).
A US Boeing 707 E-3 in flight (Courtesy: US Airforce).
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Caracas, May 18th 2016 (venezuelanalysis.com) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has hit out at “mounting aggressions" against his government after it was confirmed that a US plane had twice violated Venezuelan airspace. 

The US Boeing 707 E-3 Sentry is reported to have illegally entered Venezuela’s national airspace on May 11th at 6.09am, as well as on May 13th at 6.03 am. 

Both incursions were detected by Venezuela’s Bolivarian airforce and have sparked rumours that the US might be conducting covert spying operations over Venezuela. 

“This plane has all the mechanisms to carry out electronic espionage,” stated Maduro on his television programme Tuesday.  

According to US Airforce information, the Boeing 707 E-3 Sentry provides an accurate, real-time picture of the battlespace to the Joint Air Operations Center, and possesses a powerful radar to “detect, identify and track enemy and friendly low-flying aircraft”.

The double incursion comes as rightwing politicians at home and abroad step up their demands for military intervention against Maduro’s government.  

Last Thursday, a former Colombian president made headlines after publicly enquiring which “democratic country is willing to put its armed forces at the service of the protection of the Venezuelan opposition?”

Likewise, rightwing “Justice First” politician and former Venezuelan presidential candidate, Henrique Capriles Radonski, yesterday encouraged Venezuelan troops to form a mutiny against the national government.

“Prepare the tanks and war planes,” said the politician

“The hour of truth is coming to decide whether you are with the constitution or with Maduro,” he added. 

A frenzy of international media reports over the last two weeks have painted an apocalyptic vision of the struggling South American country, citing a lack of access to basic food and medicine, skyrocketing inflation and devaluation of the national currency. 

“I can say today that we are victims of the worst media, political and diplomatic aggression that our country has lived through in the past ten years,” stated Maduro. 

The head of state has confirmed that his government will deliver an official complaint on the airspace incursions to US authorities. 

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