Russian air force personnel stand in front of a Tupolev Tu-160 long-range strategic bomber upon landing at Simon Bolivar International Airport, north of Caracas, Venezuela, on Dec. 10, 2018. Venezuela and Russia will hold joint air force exercises for the defense of the South American country, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino announced on Monday. Padrino, whose government often accuses the United States of plotting military action against it, made the announcement as he welcomed about 100 Russian pilots and other personnel upon their arrival in Caracas aboard various military aircraft.
The suggestion that Russia could base strategic bombers in Venezuela is part of the ongoing feud between Moscow and Washington....
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