The coincidence of these announcements from the Kremlin about placing strategic bombers at Venezuelan and Cuban bases most definitely seems timed to rain on any parade of the meeting between the American and Brazilian presidents. More commentary to come.
A Russian general said on Saturday Venezuela has offered the use of its La Orchila island airfield for Russian strategic bombers on long-range flights.
Russia has been keen to build relations with a rival to the United States in the Western hemisphere in an effort to counter U.S. influence in formerly Communist countries in eastern Europe and central Asia.
“If certain political decisions are taken, it is possible (for Russian bombers to use the base),” Interfax news agency quoted the head of Russian strategic aviation general-major Anatoly Zhikharev as saying.