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Russian spat over Russian bombers landing in Venezuela

Russian spat over Russian bombers landing in Venezuela

The Kremlin fired back on Tuesday and rejected Mr Pompeo's criticism, describing it as "highly undiplomatic" and "completely inappropriate". They were accompanied by an An-124 heavy military transport and an II-62 long-haul plane. During the 6,200-mile flight, the ministry said the bombers were briefly escorted by Norwegian F-16s, presumably flying a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation air police mission.

The Russian government has sent a fleet of aircraft, including two nuclear-capable "Blackjack" bombers, to Venezuela reportedly for the goal of conducting a "joint training exercise" between the two nations.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to Monday's arrival of a pair of Tu-160 aircraft in Venezuela by tweeting: "The Russian and Venezuelan people should see this for what it is: two corrupt governments squandering public funds, and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer".

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.

Moscow has rejected United States criticism of the deployment to Venezuela of two Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers. Russian Federation has upgraded its Tu-160 fleet with new weapons and electronics and plans to produce a modernized version of the bomber.

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A group of four Russian military aircraft landed Tuesday in the Maiquetia Simon Bolivar International airport of Venezuela, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

Venezuela and Russia have always been close allies and the arrival of the planes comes just days after President Maduro met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Asked about the Russian bombers, Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning said he had no specific information about the deployment.

President Maduro has frequently warned of the possibility of a U.S. invasion in the South American nation, a claim which Washington denies. Numerous Venezuelan migrants were among the people who received medical and dental treatment.

He posted on Twitter: "Russia's government has sent bombers halfway around the world to Venezuela".