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Russian aircraft deployment to Venezuela likely aimed at deterring US following withdrawal from INF treaty

12 December 2018


On 10 December 2018, two Russian nuclear-capable strategic Tu-160 bombers and support aircraft landed at Maiquetia airport near Caracas in Venezuela, reportedly to exercise with Venezuelan forces.

The aircraft flew over 10,000 km to Venezuela from bases in northwestern Russia. The deployment follows a visit by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to Russia, in which Maduro and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed deals on Russian exports of wheat to Venezuela, as well as contracts worth USD6 billion in the Venezuelan oil and mining sectors. No specific details were released of the agreements signed with Russia.

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