US Blasts Russia for Deploying Bombers to Venezuela for War Games

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On Monday, two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers, an An-124 military transport aircraft, and an Il-62 plane landed in Venezuela.

The deployment of the aircraft drew a particularly pointed response from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a posting to Twitter.

Pompeo eagerly denounced Russian Federation for sending the bombers "halfway around the world", writing that it amounted to "two corrupt governments squandering public funds, and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer".

The Kremlin responded to Pompeo's comments, calling them "unacceptable" and "highly undiplomatic for a secretary of state".

Russia's Defence Ministry, which said the bombers had been accompanied by two other Russian military planes, did not say if the planes were carrying missiles, how long they would stay for, or what their mission was.

Duque accused Venezuela of using the arrival of two Russian long-range bombers in Caracas as "provocative tools".

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The aircraft flew over 10,000 km to Venezuela from bases in northwestern Russian Federation.

The authoritarian government of Venezuelan leader Nicholas Maduro is now under US sanctions, and President Donald Trump has made what appear to be off-handed comments calling for regime change in Caracas.

As told in the Russian Department, their aircraft in a festive atmosphere met the Minister of defense of Venezuela, General Vladimir Padrino Lopez. The Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu during the meeting said that the Russian aircraft will continue to land and be serviced on the ground in Venezuela, noted "the Russian newspaper".

Maduro frequently invokes the possibility of a U.S. invasion in the South American nation, a notion U.S. President Donald Trump's administration denies.

Later this week, a Russian delegation for defense industry cooperation will arrive in Venezuela to revise and improve the work of the Russian weapons systems adopted by the country, the broadcaster added.