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MOSCOW — Russia said Monday it will send a naval squadron and anti-submarine patrol planes to Venezuela this year for a joint military exercise in the Caribbean, a deployment that comes amid increasingly tense relations with the United States.
The socialist leader ridiculed any U.S. concerns over the joint exercise with the Russian forces, saying, "Go ahead and squeal, Yankees."
Russian bombers land in Venezuela as Kremlin flexes muscle
Two Russian strategic bombers have landed in Venezuela for military manouevres, as the Kremlin flexes its muscle amid a tense standoff with the United States over the war in Georgia.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said the two Tupolev Tu-160 bombers had arrived in the country last night and that he hoped “to fly one of those things”. The deployment was part of a move towards a “multi-polar world”, he said in a televised address, adding: “The Yankee hegemony is finished.”
Military analysts said it was the first time Russian strategic bombers have landed in the Western Hemisphere since the Cold War. The provocative foray into what has traditionally been America’s backyard comes just days after Russia and Venezuela announced plans for a joint military exercise involving a nuclear cruiser in the Caribbean, and is certain to ratchet up tensions between Moscow and Washington.
Originally posted by Quazga
This is pretty crazy.
I don't know about you, but I do not like the thought of Russian craft in my backyard.