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EINSATZ
09-11-2008, 12:57 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,420522,00.html

Two Russian strategic bombers landed in Venezuela on Wednesday as part of military maneuvers, the government said, announcing an unprecendented deployment to a new ally at a time when both nations are involved in tense relations with the U.S.

Russia's Defense Ministry said the two Tupelov-160 Blackjack Bombers flew to Venezuela on a training mission. It said in a statement carried by the Russian news wires that the planes will conduct training flights over neutral waters over the next few days before heading back to Russia.

It was not immediately known whether the bombers were armed.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ? an unbridled critic of American foreign policy ? said Wednesday the bombers were welcome in Venezuela, and that he hopes to "fly one of those things" himself.

Chavez called the Russian planes' visit part of a move toward a "pluri-polar world" ? a reference to moving away from U.S. dominance. "The Yankee hegemony is finished," Chavez said in a televised speech.

Also Wednesday, NATO said it ended a routine exercise by four naval ships in the Black Sea. Russia had denounced the exercise as part of a Western military buildup sparked by the Georgia conflict.

The alliance said the four ships ? U.S. frigate USS Taylor and three similar vessels from Spain, Germany and Poland ? were moving back to the Mediterranean Sea after the 18-day mission.

In Moscow, Defense Ministry spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky refused to say how long the Venezuela deployment will last or say whether the planes carried any weapons.

The military said NATO fighters escorted the two Russian bombers on their way to Venezuela.

The apparently retaliatory move follows the U.S. deployment of warships to deliver aid to the former Soviet nation of Georgia, barely a month after Russian armor and aircraft crushed the Georgian military in a five-day war.

Earlier this week, Russia said it will send a naval squadron and long-range patrol planes to Venezuela in November for a joint military exercise in the Caribbean.

The deployment of planes will be certain to anger Washington. Relations between the U.S. and Russia have been badly strained by the short war last month between Russia and U.S.-allied Georgia.

72cutlass
09-11-2008, 01:01 PM
Chavez is planning on buying 5 diesal subs from russia as well. What exactly you do with a diesal sub is kinda beyond me in this day and age but w/e lol.

fenixzona
09-11-2008, 01:02 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,420522,00.html

Two Russian strategic bombers landed in Venezuela on Wednesday as part of military maneuvers, the government said, announcing an unprecendented deployment to a new ally at a time when both nations are involved in tense relations with the U.S.

Russia's Defense Ministry said the two Tupelov-160 Blackjack Bombers flew to Venezuela on a training mission. It said in a statement carried by the Russian news wires that the planes will conduct training flights over neutral waters over the next few days before heading back to Russia.

It was not immediately known whether the bombers were armed.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ? an unbridled critic of American foreign policy ? said Wednesday the bombers were welcome in Venezuela, and that he hopes to "fly one of those things" himself.

Chavez called the Russian planes' visit part of a move toward a "pluri-polar world" ? a reference to moving away from U.S. dominance. "The Yankee hegemony is finished," Chavez said in a televised speech.

Also Wednesday, NATO said it ended a routine exercise by four naval ships in the Black Sea. Russia had denounced the exercise as part of a Western military buildup sparked by the Georgia conflict.

The alliance said the four ships ? U.S. frigate USS Taylor and three similar vessels from Spain, Germany and Poland ? were moving back to the Mediterranean Sea after the 18-day mission.

In Moscow, Defense Ministry spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky refused to say how long the Venezuela deployment will last or say whether the planes carried any weapons.

The military said NATO fighters escorted the two Russian bombers on their way to Venezuela.

The apparently retaliatory move follows the U.S. deployment of warships to deliver aid to the former Soviet nation of Georgia, barely a month after Russian armor and aircraft crushed the Georgian military in a five-day war.

Earlier this week, Russia said it will send a naval squadron and long-range patrol planes to Venezuela in November for a joint military exercise in the Caribbean.

The deployment of planes will be certain to anger Washington. Relations between the U.S. and Russia have been badly strained by the short war last month between Russia and U.S.-allied Georgia.


This was coming, you could see that for a while. That Hugo Chavez dislikes the USA very much and is willing to side with out enemies just to spite us. I say it's ok because we do the same thing.

TribalJMD
09-11-2008, 01:08 PM
Chavez is planning on buying 5 diesal subs from russia as well. What exactly you do with a diesal sub is kinda beyond me in this day and age but w/e lol.

moving on up......

HatesFat
09-11-2008, 01:21 PM
This was coming, you could see that for a while. That Hugo Chavez dislikes the USA very much and is willing to side with out enemies just to spite us. I say it's ok because we do the same thing.

Russia's an enemy of the US?

72cutlass
09-11-2008, 01:37 PM
Russia's an enemy of the US?


they are not our ally and certainly tries to test our patience when it can. Not neccessarily a true "enemy" per se' but they are far far far from our friend and certainly not neutral or friendly towards up. Nor are we towards them.