New Tension Between Venezuela and USA

Nicolas Maduro. Photo: telesurtv.net

HAVANA TIMES — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reported today that the US government denied him permission to fly over the airspace of Puerto Rico in his flight tomorrow to China, where he will carry out an official visit, reports dpa news.

As a result, Maduro said he will change the route. The prohibition from Washington brings renewed tension to the rocky relationship between the two governments.

“I have ordered the planners to map another route even if it is longer, but the United States is not going to stop me from going to China. Denying permission for a head of state to fly over the airspace of a country they have colonized is a serious offense”, said Maduro at a rally in Caracas.

Maduro did not explain the reasons given for the US refusal. He is planning a 12-day visit to China, during which he will meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

The Venezuelan present also reported that the US government is also “conditioning” the assistance of the Venezuelan delegation to the UN General Assembly in New York.

“They want to condition us by not granting a visa to the head of the office of the presidency, (Minister Wilmer Barrientos), but you (President Barack Obama) are required to give visas to all my team,” he said.

Maduro warned that if it is necessary to take “diplomatic measures” against the US government he will; “I’m not going to accept this action.”

In this regard, Maduro urged Foreign Minister Elias Jaua to activate the mechanisms for his likely presence at the UN General Assembly.

Shortly after Maduro’s announcement of the new tensions caused by the US refusal to grant fly over of Puerto Rican air space, Bolivian President Evo Morales gave a press conference where he called on the ALBA countries to boycott the upcoming US General Assembly Session in solidarity with Venezuela.

Morales accused the US of non-compliance with four international norms by prohibiting Maduro to fly over Puerto Rico en route to China, reported dpa.


4 thoughts on “New Tension Between Venezuela and USA

  • September 20, 2013 at 9:51 am
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    The US has now granted permission for the flyover even though there was only one day notice instead of the required three days and Maduro will not be using an official state aircraft as is also required for a diplomatic flyover.

    It appears there was quite a bit of political posturing and pushback in the request.

  • September 20, 2013 at 7:29 am
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    What is not mentioned in this post is that Maduro plans to fly to China in a Cubana Aviacion jetliner. Because of the embargo, Cuban jets are routinely prohibited from entering US airspace. When the request for the flyover was made, there was no mention of who the passenger was, only that the plane was a Cuban plane. Why does the Venezuelan President need to use a Cuban airliner anyway? Could it be he was seeking to provoke a controversy? Besides, his biggest market rate oil customer is the US. If he was really pissed off, he would stop selling us the oil. This is just the next in the series of contrived protests by this payaso to distract Venezuelans from their real problems.

  • September 20, 2013 at 2:08 am
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    You are thinking of the world as flat. The quickest flight path is actually an ark. Planes also try and go over land and as little of sea as possible in case they have to land.

  • September 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm
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    Why does he have to fly over Puerto Rico? That’s a pretty small island in a big ocean. He must be on a flight to Gander, Newfoundland!

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