Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Russia sends two nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela

Russia sends two nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela

Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers, an Antonov An-124 Ruslan heavy military transport plane and an Ilyushin Il-62 plane arrived in Venezuela, the Russian defense ministry said on Monday.

It's about two corrupt governments squandering public funds, according to Mike Pompeo.

"Perhaps, an evaluation of Mr. Pompeo's undiplomatic statements will follow in the future", the Kremlin spokesman said, TASS reported.

Two Russian TU-160 strategic bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons landed in Venezuela on Monday in a symbolic show of support for the government there.

"It's not really appropriate for a country half of whose defence budget could feed the whole of Africa to be making such statements".

Russian and U.S. officials have been involved in a spat over the landing in Venezuela of two Russian bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

Russian Federation has previously used Venezuela in a show of strength under the nose of the U.S., delighting Venezuelan officials who have cast such flights as evidence it is able to defend itself, with help from its allies', in the event of an attack. The U.S. has accused Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of undermining democratic institutions amid the country's growing political and economic crisis.

The Tu-160 strategic long-range supersonic bomber is capable of carrying conventional or nuclear-tipped cruise missiles with a range of 3,410 miles, according to NBC News.

The bombers' deployment comes amid soaring Russia-US tensions.

Russia-US relations are now at post-Cold War lows over Ukraine, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

"Where we are providing humanitarian aid and assistance, Russian Federation is sending strategic bombers, and so the USA approach to the region just differs from Russia's approach", Department of Defense spokesperson Col. Rob Manning told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday.

Maduro, in an ongoing feud with the USA, has refused all American aid.

This is the third time Russian Federation has sent bombers to Venezuela. Numerous Venezuelan migrants were among the people who received medical and dental treatment.

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