Written by Reuters
11 Dec, 2018 | 3:38 pm
Reuters: The Kremlin on Tuesday (December 11) rejected U.S. criticism of Russian military flights to Venezuela, saying it had been inappropriate and wrong for U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to condemn the flight of two nuclear-capable strategic bombers to Caracas.
Two Russian TU-160 strategic bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons landed in Venezuela on Monday (December 10) in a symbolic show of support for the government there.
Pompeo condemned the deployment on Twitter.
“The Russian and Venezuelan people should see this for what it is: two corrupt governments squandering public funds, and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer,” Pompeo wrote.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that Pompeo’s comments were undiplomatic and wrong.
“We consider it completely inappropriate,” said Peskov.
#Russia's government has sent bombers halfway around the world to #Venezuela. The Russian and Venezuelan people should see this for what it is: two corrupt governments squandering public funds, and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer. pic.twitter.com/bCBGbGtaHT
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) December 11, 2018
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