BOGOTÁ D.C. COLOMBIA – Defence Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon and Air Force Commander Guillermo Leon showed videos of an alleged violation of the country's air space by what they said were long-range Russian bombers.
Colombian officials said two Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic Russian bombers had crossed into its airspace on Friday (Nov. 1) while en route between Venezuela and Nicaragua as part of a military exercise.
Leon said established protocols were followed.
“Once they are intercepted at this point, established protocols are followed which include a radio call, the locations in the lateral positions of the other planes and then they are escorted until they leave Colombian territory.”
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had intercepted the Russian bombers as they re-entered Colombian air space during their return to Venezuela.
Pinzon praised the troops who took part in the operation.
“A special recognition goes to the Colombian Armed Forces for the professionalism of the crew who took part in this situation because on one hand they gave proper handling of the situation, minimizing the possibility of a critical situation, but at the same time they showed the capacity Colombia has nowadays to defend its sovereignty.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Tuesday that his government would send a protest note to Russia over the alleged incident.
Venezuela and Russia have forged deep military ties in recent years, having received billions in credits from Russia to purchase tanks, fighter jets and air defense systems.
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