Russia deploys two bombers to Venezuela for exercises



The Kremlin on Tuesday rejected U.S. criticism of Russian military flights to Venezuela, saying it had been inappropriate and wrong for U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to condemn the flight of two nuclear-capable strategic bombers to Caracas.

Venezuela has welcomed the arrival of Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers as an opportunity to demonstrate its resolve to defend the nation against possible foreign military intervention, with the help of "friends" if need be.

The Kremlin absolutely disagrees with the remarks made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the waste of funds by Russian Federation and Venezuela: you could feed Africa on the US defence budget, Peskov added.

The Russian government called his words "completely inappropriate".

The Russian Defence Ministry said Monday that Russia's two supersonic bombers had carried out a flight from Russia to Venezuela, landing at Simon Bolivar International Airport, outside Caracas. A pair of jets also visited in 2013.

"And we will do it with our friends who advocate respect-based relations between states", Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said after the two bombers, together with An-124 transport and an Il-62 plane, landed in Venezuela.

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The bombers' deployment follows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's visit to Moscow last week to shore up political and economic assistance even as his country has been struggling to pay billions of dollars owed to Russian Federation.

President Maduro said on Sunday that there was an attempt under way "directly co-ordinated from the White House to disturb democratic life in Venezuela and to try to launch a coup d'etat against the constitutional, democratic and free government of our country".

Pompeo condemned the deployment on Twitter.

"Contrast this with Russian Federation, whose approach to the manmade disaster in Venezuela is to send bomber aircraft instead of humanitarian assistance", Col Manning said, according to NBC. Prior that, bombers and a naval ship visited the country in 2008 amid tensions over Russia's war with Georgia.

"Russia's government has sent bombers halfway around the world to Venezuela".

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