The Tu-160 has the capacity to transport cruise missiles with nuclear warheads within a radius of 5,500 kilometers.
Two Russian strategic bombers with the capacity to carry nuclear weapons arrived in Venezuela today, at a time when tensions between Russia and the United States are growing.
The Russian Ministry of Defense said two Tu-160 bombers landed at the Maiquetía airport , outside Caracas , after a 10,000-kilometer flight. He did not clarify if they were carrying weapons or how long they will remain in the South American country.
The ministry said an An-124 Ruslan cargo plane and an Il-62 passenger plane accompanied the bombers to Maiquetía .
The Tu-160 has the capacity to transport cruise missiles with nuclear warheads within a radius of 5,500 kilometers. This class of bombers participated in the Russian campaign in Syria, where they launched Kh-101 cruise missiles armed with conventional warheads for the first time in combat .
On the same day, at a ceremony at the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía , the Venezuelan Minister of Defense , General Vladimir Padrino López , and the rest of the military high command welcomed members of the Russian air force who will participate in the event. the maneuvers with Venezuelan officers. In 2008, officials from both countries carried out naval maneuvers in Venezuela that were called ” Venrus 2008 “. They involved about 2,000 soldiers.
Nobody in the world is afraid of the presence of logistic planes that have trodden Venezuelan territory, we are builders of peace.Padrino López told state media when defending the operations he said he is looking for is to prepare Venezuela for defense.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro visited Moscow last week to try to strengthen economic and political aid to his country, although Venezuela’s debt to Russia is in the billions of dollars.
Russia is one of the main allies of Venezuela , whose isolation grows under the sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union. Both accuse Maduro of undermining democratic institutions to cling to power and provoke a more serious economic and political crisis than the Great Depression.
The Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said last week during a meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart Vladimir Padrino López that Russia will continue to send military aircraft and ships as part of bilateral military cooperation.
Venezuela has bought Russia more than 4,000 million dollars in weapons since 2005, which include helicopters, fighters and 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles.
Last September the Venezuelan military authorities had announced that Russia would join special operations to provide support in the training of the South American country’s air force.
Russian-US relations are at their lowest point in the post-Cold War because of Ukraine, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the election of 2016. Russia is furious with the presence of weapons and troops from the US and the NATO near its borders.