Video: Venezuelan Fighter Jet Aggressively Intercepts US Aircraft

first published on July 22, 2019 by

US Southern Command released a video of a Venezuelan SU-30 Flanker aggressively intercepting a US Navy EP-3 Aries II recon aircraft on July 19, 2019.


US officials called the Venezuelan pilot’s actions unsafe and unprofessional and said that they jeopardized the crew and aircraft. Southern Command also clarified that the aircraft was operating in international airspace over the Caribbean Sea.

The Maduro “regime continues to undermine internationally recognized laws and demonstrate its contempt for international agreements” and its “unprovoked and unjustified acts” are undermining the ability of “the U.S. and other nations to safely conduct flights in international airspace,” Southern Command stated, according to a Navy Times article.

The US also implicated Russia in the incident by stating, “This latest action also demonstrates Russia’s irresponsible military support to the illegitimate Maduro regime and adds to Maduro’s growing legacy of reckless and negligent behavior, which undermines international rule of law and efforts to counter illicit trafficking.”


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