MOSCOW, Russia – The Kremlin totally disagrees with the words of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the “waste of public resources” on the issue of Russian airplanes sent to Venezuela.
Russian President spokesman, Dmitry Peskov’s, hit back saying half of the US military budget would feed the whole of Africa.
“In terms of wasting public resources, we do not agree. Moreover, it may not be appropriate for a country where half the military budget would feed all of Africa to make such declarations,” Peskov told reporters.
Earlier, on Twitter, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo characterized the deployment of Russian strategic Tu-160 bombers to Venezuela as a waste of public resources.
#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
“# 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,” Pompeo said.
On Sunday, two Russian strategic bombers Tu-160, an An-124 military transport plane and an IL-62 aircraft made a Russian flight to Venezuela, covering a total distance of 10,000 kilometers.
The flight was carried out in strict accordance with international regulations on the use of airspace, as explained Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu recently expressed hope that Russia’s Aerospace Force aviation flights to Venezuela will continue, as well as visits by Russian navy ships to Venezuelan ports.
According to the Russian minister, such flights are for the Russian military an opportunity to gain important experience on long-haul flights and keep the equipment in an operational state.
Military analyst Andrei Koshkin highlighted the difficulty of the flight and the professionalism of the Russian pilots, who performed the task successfully and in accordance with international law.
“The cooperation that is being actively pursued between Russia and Venezuela today demonstrates that such colossal distances are no obstacle for our specialists or military equipment. I think that flying is a good example for the West, led by the USA, who are accustomed to staying close to Russian borders and doing what they consider necessary,” Koshkin said.
Russia, in turn, stresses the expert, simply shows that it is able to build relations with Latin American countries and carry out joint maneuvers.