Experts warn that Venezuela blowing up two bridges on the Colombia border could result in an 'actual shooting battle.'
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Venezuelan forces destroyed two pedestrian bridges that spanned the border with Colombia, further heightening tensions between the two countries that have been at odds since Colombia agreed to allow the US military to expand its presence on Colombian bases.
El Universal, a Caracas newspaper, reports that Venezuela's Vice President and Minister of Defense Ramon Carrizález Rengifo echoed Gen. Aguero's comments, and claimed that Venezuela's actions were legal. "Border passages between two places are agreed upon by the two governments in such places where there is presence of both States. ... Any other passage in the more than 2,000 kilometers of border we share with Colombia is an illegal crossing," he said.