Colombia’s allegations of a Venezuelan military incursion into the country's territory are false according to Venezuelan Foreign Ministry.
"Venezuela firmly asserts that there has been no air or land incursion of any kind, as well as any other act violating the national sovereignty of the brother country (Colombia)," the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry in a statement.
The statement explained the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) is active along the border, due to the high rate of drug trafficking and violent outbreaks “from Colombia, scourges that Venezuela has suffered persistently for decades and that have become a real threat to internal order,” the ministry said.
"The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reiterates that it will not cease its efforts to protect its population and expel from its territory the plague of violence and Colombian drug trafficking that haunts us day after day," it added.
On Tuesday, Colombia said two helicopters and some 30 soldiers had ”violated Colombian sovereignty” by crossing the shared border last Sunday.
The ministry “categorically rejected” the “false accusation” which arose suspiciously soon after the Venezuelan Nicolas Maduro Administration launched its economic “recovery plan," the statement said.
The success of the economic plan "constitutes a lethal threat against the interests of the Colombian mafias of the smuggling of fuel, basic necessities, drug and arms trafficking, as well as against the structures of the groups that have been dedicated to attacking Venezuela's financial system,” Jorge Arreaza later added.