The Argentine Justice ordered seize the Venezuelan plane held in Buenos Aires since June at the request of the United States, who suspects that the aircraft of Iranian origin could be part of operations linked to terrorism, local media reported.
The case generated tension between Venezuela and Argentinawhich on Thursday morning tried to lower the tenor of the dispute by clarifying that there was no “diplomatic incident.”
However, Argentine federal judge Federico Villena later ordered the seizure of the plane at the request of the United States Justice, despite angry complaints from the left-wing government of Nicolás Maduro, reported the state news agency, Télam, among other media outlets. southern country.
The plane that the Iranian company Mahan Air had sold to the Venezuelan transport airline Emtrasur was immobilized in June by Argentine officials, on suspicion of terrorism. The Boeing 747 had a crew of 14 Venezuelans and five Iranians at the time of arrival in Buenos Aires.
According to Argentine media, the plane was inspected Thursday afternoon by US FBI agents.
In a diplomatic escalation, the Venezuelan deputy Pedro Carreño said in recent days that the Argentine president, Alberto Fernández, had to show if he was a “puppet” and a “puppet” of “imperialism” or the United States in the case of the plane, which He said that he should be returned to Caracas.
The spokeswoman for the center-left Argentine government, Gabriela Cerruti, sought on Thursday to minimize the question by pointing out that the statements by the representatives of the Caribbean country were “expressions of different actors in Venezuelan life” that do not imply “a diplomatic incident.”
That same Thursday, the Minister of Transport, Ramón Velásquez Araguayán, and a group of Venezuelan deputies met at the diplomatic headquarters with the Argentine ambassador, Óscar Laborde, to deliver a statement in which the airline workers expressed their wish that the crew and the aircraft will return to their country.