Putin Ally Backs China, Says U.S. Was Unsuitable to Shoot Down Spy Balloon

Venezuela, an ally of Russia, voiced its help for China by condemning the U.S. “assault” on the Chinese language spy balloon final week.

“The Authorities of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela rejects the assault by the USA in opposition to an unmanned plane of Chinese language origin of a civilian nature that had proven a technical failure and that didn’t pose any army or bodily menace to individuals on the bottom,” Venezuelan Overseas Minister Yvan Gil Pinto mentioned in a translated assertion Sunday.

He mentioned the USA resorted to “using pressure” as a substitute of treating the state of affairs “with the seriousness and duty that the case deserves.”

The balloon was noticed flying over the USA final week. It was shot down over the weekend off the coast of South Carolina after the Pentagon mentioned it was a surveillance balloon that violated U.S. airspace.

Pinto added that Venezuela is dedicated to the values of the United Nations Constitution and its “adherence to dialogue for the peaceable decision of conflicts and wholesome coexistence amongst nations and peoples.”

“All disputes have to be resolved responsibly and in accordance with worldwide regulation,” he wrote in a tweet, in keeping with an English translation.

Final week, the Chinese language Overseas Ministry mentioned the balloon was a civilian airship used to observe the climate.

“Affected by the Westerlies and with restricted self-steering functionality, the airship deviated removed from its deliberate course,” spokesperson Mao Ning mentioned. “The Chinese language facet regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace as a consequence of pressure majeure.”

Above, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a small copy of the Venezuelan Structure as he delivers a speech to magistrates of the Supreme Courtroom of Justice in the course of the inauguration ceremony of the judicial yr in Caracas, Venezuela, on January 31. Venezuela has condemned the USA for its “use of pressure” in opposition to the Chinese language spy balloon final week.
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Mao mentioned China has “no intention” of violating U.S. airspace or worldwide regulation.

“China is a accountable nation and at all times acts in strict accordance with worldwide regulation,” she mentioned.

A second Chinese language balloon has been noticed over Latin America in what China deemed one other “mistake.”

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is a staunch ally of each China and Russia.

Throughout his annual speech to the nation’s parliament final month, Maduro mentioned he needed to create a bloc uniting Latin America with the financial and political forces of Russia and China to create “new poles of energy.”

Maduro added the alliance would comprise “that group of shared future that our elder brother President Xi Jinping talks about” or “that multipolar and multicentric world that our elder brother President Vladimir Putin talks about,” Russian state media outlet RT reported.