Russian Strategic Bombers Land in Venezuela
Novosti) — Two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers have
landed at a military airfield in Venezuela, Russia’s Defense Ministry
Tu-160 Blackjack is a supersonic, variable-geometry heavy bomber,
designed to strike strategic targets with nuclear and
conventional weapons deep in continental theatres of operation.
The bombers will conduct a number of training flights over neutral
waters in the next few days and later return to their home base
in Russia, the ministry said in a statement.
The planes landed at Venezuela’s Libertador airfield and during
the flight to the South American country were accompanied by
"The flight itinerary extended over neutral waters in the
Arctic and Atlantic oceans. The Russian bombers were accompanied
by NATO fighters," the statement said.
Russia earlier announced it would send a naval task force from
the Northern Fleet on a tour of duty in the Atlantic Ocean and
participate in joint naval drills with the Venezuelan navy in
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on September 1 that Venezuela
welcomed the Russian Navy and Air Force on its territory.
"If the Russian Navy arrives in the Caribbean or the Atlantic
it may certainly visit Venezuela, we have no problems with that
and would warmly welcome it," Chavez said.
"And if Russian long-range bombers should need to land
in Venezuela we would not object to that either. We will also
welcome them," he said.