Footage shows Russian-built Venezuelan fighter jet 'aggressively shadowing' an ...

Dramatic footage released by the US government appears to show the moment a Russian-built Venezuelan SU-30 aggressively shadows an American aircraft monitoring for illegal trafficking over the Caribbean sea. 

U.S. Southern Command tweeted video and images Sunday from the incident on Friday before slamming Vladimir Putin for offering military assistance to the country's far left leader Nicolas Maduro. 

They say the SU-30 Flanker 'aggressively shadowed' a U.S. EP-3 aircraft at an unsafe distance, 'jeopardizing the crew & aircraft' while they performed a 'multi-nationally recognized & approved mission'. 

Southern Command, responsible for security cooperation and operations in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, added: 'This action demonstrates #Russia's irresponsible military support to Maduro's illegitimate regime & underscores Maduro's recklessness & irresponsible behavior, which undermines int'l rule of law & efforts to counter illicit trafficking.'  

In a statement US Southern Command said: 'The EP-3 aircraft, flying a mission in approved international airspace was approached in an unprofessional manner by the SU-30 that took off from an airfield 200 miles east of Caracas. 

'The U.S. routinely conducts multi-nationally recognized and approved detection and monitoring missions in the region to ensure the safety and security of our citizens and those of our partners.' 

Dramatic footage released by the US government appears to show the moment a Russian-built Venezuelan SU-30 aggressively shadows an American aircraft

Dramatic footage released by the US government appears to show the moment a Russian-built Venezuelan SU-30 aggressively shadows an American aircraft

U.S. Southern Command tweeted video and images Sunday from the incident on Friday

U.S. Southern Command tweeted video and images Sunday from the incident on Friday

U.S. Southern Command said the SU-30 Flanker 'aggressively shadowed' a U.S. EP-3 aircraft at an unsafe distance, 'jeopardizing the crew & aircraft' while they performed a 'multi-nationally recognized & approved mission'

U.S. Southern Command said the SU-30 Flanker 'aggressively shadowed' a U.S. EP-3 aircraft at an unsafe distance, 'jeopardizing the crew & aircraft' while they performed a 'multi-nationally recognized & approved mission'

Venezuela claims the US military aircraft violated its airspace during the incident in 'a clear provocation'. 

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said the aircraft 'entered the Flight Information Region (FIR Maiquetía) controlled by Venezuela in breach of the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), constituting an aeronautical risk for other aircraft'. 

He said it also endangered commercial flights from Venezuela's main airport. 

In June Venezuela

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