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The United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) released videos and pictures today of what it claims was aggressive maneuvering from a Venezuelan fighter jet in close proximity to a US aircraft conducting operations in the Caribbean.

The images came via de the USSOUTHCOM Twitter account in a pair of messages, one of which linked the behaviour of the Venezuelan SU-30 jet to Russia’s support for the Maduro regime.

According to the tweets, the Venezuelan jet was following a Lockheed EP-3, which is an aircraft with electronic monitoring and reconnaissance capabilities. USSOUTHCOM claims that its aircraft was conducting a legitimate operation over international waters.

Below, the two tweets:

The Su-30 is a Russian fighter jet. The Venezuelan air force has at least two dozen of the aircraft.

Venezuelan Military Cries Foul Over EP-3 Flight

Admiral Remigio Ceballos, the head of the military’s Strategic Operations Command branch, had tweeted about the operation to intercept the US airplane yesterday.

Below, Ceballos’ tweet:

#ALERT #[Strategic Operations Command] The aeroespacial defense system detected and intercepted a US EP-3E intelligence and electronic reconnaissance airplane in our Maiquetia flight information region, violating International Arial Treaties [sic] in earnest provokation of the [Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela].


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