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Venezuela's Maduro slams Spain for Morales plane incident

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Venezuela's Maduro slams Spain for Morales plane incident

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Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has lashed out at Spain over the banning of his Bolivian counterpart’s plane from European airspace.

Spain was one of several countries to refuse Evo Morales’s presidential jet amid suspicions the fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden was on board.

President Maduro said Spain’s government had acted despicably:

“We’re going to re-evaluate our relations with Spain, with the Spanish government – not with the Spanish people. The Spanish people have shown solidarity with Evo Morales and Snowden. But what the Spanish government has done is despicable.”

The incident has provoked outrage in Venezuela and Bolivia with accusations flying about a violation of international treaties and even of kidnapping as Morales was stranded in Vienna for a while.

Snowden who is wanted by the US on spying charges wasn’t on the plane.