BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Venezuelan Ministry of Defense announced on Monday evening that the Russian military is sending two Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers, an Antonov An-124 heavily military transport aircraft, and an Ilyushin IL-62 aircraft to Venezuela.
In addition to these five planes, the Russian military is sending up to 100 soldiers to the Latin American nation in a new show of support to Venezuela and their President Nicolas Maduro.
“The aircrew of the Russian Federation are welcome to this heroic land,” the Venezuelan Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino tweeted on Monday.
“It is a new opportunity to strengthen our relations in the military field and continue walking a path of cooperation and sincere friendship. Peace is our objective,” he continued.
According to Padrino, “nobody in the world should fear” this move by the Russian military, adding “we are builders of peace and not war.”
The move by the Russian military comes just weeks after the Iranian Navy said that they are seeking a presence in the Atlantic, hinting that Venezuela might be their destination.