Russian Federation sends bombers to Venezuela amid country's economic, humanitarian crisis

Russian Federation sends bombers to Venezuela amid country's economic, humanitarian crisis”

Earlier in the day, Pompeo referred to the Russian and Venezuelan governments as "two corrupt governments squandering public funds, and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer" after Russia's two supersonic bombers had carried out a flight from Russia to Venezuela.

According to him, Venezuela is ready to defend itself "until the last piece of land", and would be happy to collaborate with Russian partners.

Moscow said it sent two TU-160 strategic bombers Monday as a show of support for the Venezuelan government, which has come under scrutiny and USA sanctions. "During some parts of the route, the Tu-160 bombers were escorted by the F16s of the Norwegian Air Force", the ministry said. Similar trans-Atlantic flights took place in 2003 and 2008.The Russian Defense Ministry says nothing about for how long the Tu-160s will stay.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, dismissed Pompeo's comment as "undiplomatic" and "inappropriate".

But Russia is not the only one sending its bombers to other countries.

Russia-US relations are now at post-Cold War lows over Ukraine, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan president, has frequently warned that the U.S. is planning an invasion.

Russian Federation is a major political ally of Venezuela, which has become increasingly isolated in the world under growing sanctions led by the United States and the European Union, which accuse Maduro of undermining democratic institutions to hold onto power while overseeing an economic and political crisis that is worse than the Great Depression.

Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers, an Antonov An-124 Ruslan heavy military transport plane and an Ilyushin Il-62 plane arrived in Venezuela, the Russian defense ministry said on Monday.

- Venezuela's economy and healthcare system are in a state of collapse, prompting the United States to send the hospital ship USNS Comfort to South America, in part to treat Venezuelan refugees.

U.S. defence department spokesman Col Rob Manning noted the USA recently deployed a navy hospital ship to Latin America to offer medical support to the millions of Venezuelans who have fled hyperinflation and shortages of goods and medicine in their home country since 2014. Numerous Venezuelan migrants were among the people who received medical and dental treatment.

- It is the first time Russian bombers have deployed to Venezuela since 2013, according to the Defense Department.

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