Is Venezuela trying to pick a fight with the U.S.?

MaduroVenezuela accused the United States on Thursday of denying President Nicolas Maduro’s plane permission to enter U.S. airspace — a claim that a State Department official denied.

Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said U.S. officials have blocked plans for Maduro’s presidential plane to fly through Puerto Rican airspace on the way to China.

He described the move as an aggression and called for an explanation from the U.S. State Department.

A senior State Department official told CNN that Jaua’s claim was untrue, saying that the Venezuelans have, in fact, been approved to clear U.S. airspace.

In remarks broadcast on state television, Maduro called the situation “a serious offense.”

The Venezuelan president vowed to take action, adding that the United States had also denied visas for several members of his country’s delegation scheduled to attend the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

“If I have to take diplomatic measures against the U.S. government, I will take them to the most drastic level if it is necessary, but I am not going to accept any type of aggression,” he said.

The State Department official also called the visa issue untrue, saying the United States had approved them.

Maduro is scheduled to travel to China on Saturday. Jaua said officials were evaluating alternate routes so that the trip could continue as scheduled.

Maduro accused U.S. officials of being nervous about his country’s growing relationship with China.

“The United States government is not going to stop our trip,” Maduro said.

U.S. officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

 

CNN

  • 5thDrawer

    Maduro can’t afford the air-fare … and looks for an excuse not to go to polluted China. :-)))
    Wonder if he asked the Puerto Ricans … hmmm
    But one could be excused for being afraid to fly over Columbia, perhaps.
    Maduro doesn’t want to get TOO high. :-)))
    People elect such idiots sometimes … Indoctrination in Communism could probably be done at home.

  • 5thDrawer

    Maduro can’t afford the air-fare … and looks for an excuse not to go to polluted China. :-)))
    Wonder if he asked the Puerto Ricans … hmmm

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Why when some one accuses the US of corrupt practice the accuser is automatically the problem.

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Why when some one accuses the US of corrupt practice the accuser is automatically the problem.