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Tu-160s visit Venezuela

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posted on Dec, 13 2018 @ 06:06 AM
And the USA isnt happy..
Im wondering if they will push the boundaries further and visit Cuba?

The two Tu-160 bombers landed in Venezuela on Monday in a Russian show of support for the government of socialist President Nicolás Maduro. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it amounted to "two corrupt governments squandering public funds". The Russian government called his words "completely inappropriate"

Also when your a reporter please be aware of your surroundings.
Duck your head

edit on 13-12-2018 by Blackfinger because: added

posted on Dec, 13 2018 @ 06:17 AM
Not the first time Russia has done this. They're free to do so, calling them out on it is being hypocritical.

posted on Dec, 13 2018 @ 08:48 AM
a reply to: Blackfinger

1 - how is this ANY use to any one ?? - i agree with pompero - for the expenditure of XX tons of kerosene - the russians could have sent heavy lift transports with usefull aid supplies - or better a convoy of ships

what use is a strategic bomber in the situation venezela currently finds itself ?????????????????????

2 - who the hell let those reporters loose on the runway ???????????????

posted on Dec, 13 2018 @ 10:39 AM
a reply to: Blackfinger

The Russians have been sending Tu-160s to Venezuela every 5 years since 2008. All part of their long range bomber training and the defence pact that they have with Venezuela.

2008 News Link

2013 News Link

posted on Dec, 13 2018 @ 10:41 AM
a reply to: ignorant_ape

The Russians are investing billions into Venezuelan gas, oil,and mineral exploration/rights and have restructured debt which is keeping the economy afloat (such as it is). I know they've sent tons and tons of unscheduled wheat earlier this year and last. I'm sure there is other direct aid quietly happening. The USNS Comfort is down near the Columbian border providing medical aid for the waves of Venezuelans coming into Columbia.

For quite some time Venezuela was refusing any direct humanitarian aid saying they didn't need it in their socialist paradise. Not sure what the status is currently, but I'd blame Maduro and his prioritizing optics instead of aid before I'd rag the Russians on this one.

They get the chance to play Big Brother, fly the flag, get the photo ops, annoy the US, etc.

posted on Dec, 13 2018 @ 02:11 PM
a reply to: ignorant_ape

It's a training flight, no different than what we do every day.

posted on Dec, 14 2018 @ 12:39 PM
A very short visit to Venezuela. I noted the two Tu-160s and their ground controllers using High Frequency voice communications today. Looks like they have returned back to Russia.

They were using the standard HF voice net seasonal frequency of 8131 Kilohertz USB.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia has told the United States that two of their strategic bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons will leave Venezuela on Friday, the White House said on Wednesday, ending a deployment that angered Washington. “We have spoken with representatives of Russia and have been informed that their military aircraft, which landed in Venezuela, will be leaving on Friday and going back to Russia,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in an email sent to Reuters.

Reut ers Link
edit on 14/12/2018 by tommyjo because: Malformed video link corrected

posted on Dec, 14 2018 @ 04:15 PM
US conducts Freedom Of Navigation Operations (FONOPS) all the time. US has military hardware closer to both Russia and China, for example, the US routinely has ships in the Black Sea.

US shouldn't say anything and take the high ground here. Then they can criticize Russia and China of hypocracy next time they complain about warships in the Black Sea, South China Sea, or spy planes near their borders.

Screw Russia.

Screw China.
edit on 14/12/18 by C0bzz because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 15 2018 @ 05:05 AM
Confirmation that the two Tu-160s have returned to Russia last night.

MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. Tu-160 strategic bombers have returned to their home airfield in Russia after a their visit to Venezuela, the Russian Defense Ministry's department of information and communications said on Saturday. "Long-range aircraft flew in the airspace over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, Norwegian and Barents Seas," the defense ministry said. "Tu-160 strategic bombers flew over 12,000 kilometers and refueled in the air," the ministry added.

TASS News Link

posted on Dec, 15 2018 @ 07:52 PM
Distance between Caracas and Houston is less than 4500 km. Kh-101 range 4500 km. In theory, Tu-160 can hit Houston oil refinery from Venezuela without even having to leave Venezuela airspace.

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