Venezuela will act after US invasion of its air space says Maduro
James Tweedie, The Morning Star, London, 22 September 2016
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro condemned Washington on Tuesday night
for invading his country's airspace over the weekend.
"Venezuela has to defend itself with dignity and clarity, and great force,"
Mr Maduro said.
"We are not going to accept this," he added, vowing a raft of actions in
Earlier on Tuesday Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino said a US Bombardier
Dash 8 turboprop had violated Venezuelan airspace twice on Friday and
Saturday near the Caribbean coast.
The second incursion was close to the island of Margarita, where the 17th
summit of the 120-member Non-Aligned Movement was in session.
Mr Padrino said: "Again we denounce this violation of Venezuelan airspace
and call on the government of the US to respect the rules of civil
He added that so far this year the ministry had registered 32 incursions
into Venezuela's flight information region.
But Mr Padrino said the five-day summit had been a great success and passed
off without incident.
Mr Maduro went further saying: "The US government, desperate to draw
attention to overshadow the success of the Margarita summit, sent in a spy
The US flight may have operated from the Caribbean island nation of Curacao,
40 miles off the Venezuelan coast.
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