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Colombia Claims Venezuela Violated Airspace

There was a new twist in the ongoing Venezuela-Colombia border dispute this week. During a visit to the United States, Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos accused Venezuela of violating his country’s airspace, offering evidence to both the Organization of American states and the U.S. State Department. In spite of the formal protest, Santos was careful to point out that his government considers this to be the result of an operator error on the part of the Venezuelan pilot. The Colombian government does not seem to want this event to escalate tensions; Colombian Defense Minister Gabriel Silva even commended his soldiers for their restraint during the 20-minute incursion.

The border tensions have worsened since Venezuela broke off diplomatic relations with Bogotá in response to a deal to build U.S. military bases in Colombia.

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