Russia Has No Plans to Deploy Tu-22M3 Nuclear Bombers in Crimea – Air Force

Long-range Tu-22M3 bombers will not be deployed in Crimea any time soon.

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DYAGILYOVO AIRFIELD (Ryazan Region) (Sputnik) – The Russian Air Force has no plans of deploying long-range Tu-22M3 bombers capable of delivering nuclear warheads to the Crimean Peninsula any time soon, Air Force Commander Col.-Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Monday.

“The Crimean grouping has enough aviation and missile defense systems that are already deployed there. No one has given the Air Force any tasks so far [of deploying Tu-22M3s]. If we are tasked with this, then we as the military will complete the task according to schedule,” Bondarev told journalists at the Aviadarts-2015 airshow.

Earlier, Russian media reported that the Defense Ministry planned to deploy the long-range bombing aircraft on the peninsula, citing unofficial sources. However, there was no mention of arming them with nuclear warheads.

Crimea rejoined Russia in March 2014, after 96 percent of the peninsula's population voted in favor of a reunification deal.

The United States, the European Union and their allies have refused to recognize the results of the vote, labeling Crimea's secession an "annexation," and have introduced several rounds of economic sanctions against Moscow. The Kremlin has insisted that the vote was held within the international legal framework.

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