Moscow Bringing Fight to the Americas, Washington Reacts to Venezuela-Russia Relations


MOSCOW, Russia – The Kremlin totally disagrees with the words of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the “waste of public resources” on the issue of Russian airplanes sent to Venezuela.

Russian President spokesman, Dmitry Peskov’s, hit back saying half of the US military budget would feed the whole of Africa.

“In terms of wasting public resources, we do not agree. Moreover, it may not be appropriate for a country where half the military budget would feed all of Africa to make such declarations,” Peskov told reporters.

Earlier, on Twitter, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo characterized the deployment of Russian strategic Tu-160 bombers to Venezuela as a waste of public resources.

“# Russia ‘s government has sent bombers halfway around the world to # Venezuela . 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,” Pompeo said.

On Sunday, two Russian strategic bombers Tu-160, an An-124 military transport plane and an IL-62 aircraft made a Russian flight to Venezuela, covering a total distance of 10,000 kilometers.

The flight was carried out in strict accordance with international regulations on the use of airspace, as explained Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu recently expressed hope that Russia’s Aerospace Force aviation flights to Venezuela will continue, as well as visits by Russian navy ships to Venezuelan ports.

According to the Russian minister, such flights are for the Russian military an opportunity to gain important experience on long-haul flights and keep the equipment in an operational state.

Military analyst Andrei Koshkin highlighted the difficulty of the flight and the professionalism of the Russian pilots, who performed the task successfully and in accordance with international law.

“The cooperation that is being actively pursued between Russia and Venezuela today demonstrates that such colossal distances are no obstacle for our specialists or military equipment. I think that flying is a good example for the West, led by the USA, who are accustomed to staying close to Russian borders and doing what they consider necessary,” Koshkin said.

Russia, in turn, stresses the expert, simply shows that it is able to build relations with Latin American countries and carry out joint maneuvers.

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2 years ago

It’s not much about the fact that Russia can fly a supersonic bomber to Venezuela and land there. They have proven that their “White Swan” which can carry 12 nuclear tipped hyper-sonic cruise missiles with enough range to reach the East coast are capable of delivering those missiles to the lower 48 from 500KM out and return to Russian bases without aerial refueling. The power elite in DC are willing to sacrifice millions of American lives to remain in power over a devastated and radioactive landscape. They will run out of stored food reserves in 2 years and then starve to death. Who will win? No one. Who will survive and prevail? Russia and China. How do you like them apples; Mr Trump???

2 years ago

Simple message. Mess in my backyard ( Ukraine) and I will mess yours ( every country south of the Rio Grande)

2 years ago

I am so glad that this is happening .Good move on the part of the Kremlin .As the saying goes, what is good for the goose is good for the gander. The rhetoric from Pompeo only exposes the hypocrisy.

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