Spokesperson for the Russian President Dmitry Peskov rebuked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s “undiplomatic” statements regarding the flights of two Tu-160 supersonic strategic bombers to Venezuela from Russia.
He was speaking during a phone interview in Moscow on Tuesday.
“It is very undiplomatic to hear this from the secretary of state. This is a rather serious accusation when he says such words about the leadership of the Russian Federation,” Peskov said.
In a tweet late on Monday, Pompeo described Russia and Venezuela as “two corrupt governments squandering public funds, and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer.”
“As for the waste of funds, we do not agree with this statement. Moreover, it is also inappropriate to make such statements about a country where half of the defence budget can feed the whole of Africa,” Peskov said in response.