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MARCH 2021

Two Colombian Drug Planes Intercepted And Captured In Venezuelan Airspace


Two Colombian Drug Planes Intercepted And Captured In Venezuelan Airspace

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On August 5th, two aircraft from Colombia, loaded with drugs, were captured in Venezuelan air space by the Comprehensive Aerospace Defense Command (Codai) belonging to the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB).

Codai, on Twitter reported that it “detected and neutralized two aircraft loaded with drugs from Colombia, who were trying to cross the western airspace of Venezuela.”

“Using their powers, following the protocols and in compliance with the law, the aircraft were neutralized,” the publication added on the social platform.

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López acknowledged the work of the FANB in ​​its fight against trafficking in illegal substances from Colombia.

“Our country has suffered the consequences of drug trafficking coming from Colombia, a government that has not been able to cope with this scourge of humanity,” the Venezuelan official said.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on August 4th said that Venezuelan authorities have seized more than 22 tons of various drugs from Colombia.

“Venezuela is breaking a record this year in the seizure of drugs that come from Colombia. That country is a failed state that gave its borders to the generators of violence, smugglers, drug traffickers and paramilitaries,” Maduro said.

The captured aircraft aren’t part of the US-led efforts for regime change in the country. But they are quite showing – Colombia’s government is willing to perpetuate the Washington narrative and, thus, the massive drug smuggling problem it has is largely disregarded, since it, at the least, has “democracy.” Unlike Venezuela.

In regard to regime change attempts, Venezuelan ambassador to the UN, Samuel Moncada said that the US, in 2019 had carried out more than 55 incursions on Venezuelan airspace.

“We reject the horrific perspective of perpetual war and demand the implementation of the UN Chart. We ask Trump to stop the war,” said the diplomat one day after Trump told reporters his administration was considering a naval blockade on Venezuela.

“Today we came to denounce the United States for generating famine in our country, imposing collective punishment through economic terrorism by illegally appropriating mining and monetary funds.”

Following Trump’s claim that he was considering a maritime blockade or quarantine of the country, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro also responded.

“Venezuela as a whole, in a civil society and military forces union, repudiates and rejects the declarations of Donald Trump of an alleged quarantine, of an alleged naval blockade. To the imperial imperialism I say that they won’t be able to fulfil their plans with Venezuela,” president Maduro said during a speech after an activity of supervision of the Venezuelan national shipping industry.

“The seas of Venezuela will be free, sovereign and independent (…) and we will navigate them as we decide,” President Maduro emphasized.

To this point, he noted that the Bolivarian Government was preparing a formal complaint to the Security Council of the United Nations Organization (UN) the new threat of the United States, which he said, will go against the whole Venezuelan population.

On the US side, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton and the U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross arrived in Lima, Peru, for a meeting of the Lima Group focused on “Democracy in Venezuela.”

The US is very apparently not giving up on US-Proclaimed Interim Venezuelan President Juan Guaido, despite him doing very little inside the country in recent weeks. Regardless, the Lima Group appear committed to “restoring” democracy in Venezuela. Which democracy specifically is to be restored in Venezuela is unclear.




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