By SOF Editor on Tue, 01/12/2010 - 11:10am
Venezuela has sent a formal letter of protest to the United States, alleging a U.S. military plane violated Venezuelan airspace last week after taking off from the nearby Netherlands Antilles.
The Venezuelan government Monday presented the formal protest to U.S. diplomats in Caracas. The U.S. denies the accusation.
Late last week, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he ordered two F-16 jets to intercept what he said was a U.S. P-3 aircraft over his country. He said the American plane twice entered his country's airspace from the Netherlands Antilles.
Washington has said the U.S.