The Russian News Agency, TASS, quoting Defense Ministry Officials, has reported that Russian strategic bombers flew over the Caribbean Sea for about ten hours.
The News Agency said Russian Defense Officials disclosed Wednesday that the bombers were accompanied by Venezuelan fighter jets at certain times.
“During the international visit of the Aerospace Defense Forces’ delegation to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, pilots of strategic bombers Tu-160 conducted a flight in the airspace over the Caribbean Sea. The flight lasted for about 10 hours,” the press service said.
“In certain parts of the route, the flight of Russian bombers was conducted together with Su-30 and F-16 fighter jets of the Venezuelan National Bolivarian Military Aviation. The pilots from the two countries practiced air cooperation when fulfilling air tasks,” the defense ministry added.
The Organization of American States on Wednesday said that the act violates Venezuela’s constitution because it was never authorized by the Caracas legislators.
The Voice of America (VOA) reported that a pair of Tu-160 bombers arrived Monday at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas.
The VOA quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying that the aircraft were escorted by Venezuelan fighter jets during part of the training mission Wednesday to practice interaction.
The Tu-160 is capable of carrying conventional or nuclear-tipped cruise missiles with a range of 5,500 kilometers (3,410 miles), the VOA said.
“The Russian bombers’ deployment came as Russia-U.S. relations have worsened because of the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and other issues,” the VOA reported.