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Moscow: Pompeo's Statement on Russian Tu-160 in Venezuela Inappropriate

© Sputnik / Eugene Odinokov / Go to the mediabankA Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic heavy strategic bomber at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017 in Zhukovsky
A Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic heavy strategic bomber at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017 in Zhukovsky - Sputnik International
The Russian Defence Ministry said Monday that Russia's two supersonic bombers had carried out a flight from Russia to Venezuela, landing at Simon Bolivar International Airport, outside Caracas.

Moscow called statements by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the arrival of Russian Tu-160 supersonic bombers to Venezuela undiplomatic and absolutely inappropriate, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

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"Of course, it's not the Kremlin's business to comment on the Secretary of State's statements, it's certainly the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. But in this case, of course, it's not very diplomatic to hear from the Secretary of State, it's quite a serious accusation — when he voices such words regarding the Russian leadership. We consider this an absolutely inappropriate statement", Peskov told journalists in response to a request to comment on Pompeo's statements.

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The Kremlin absolutely disagrees with the remarks made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the waste of funds by Russia and Venezuela: you could feed Africa on the US defence budget, Peskov added.

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez explained on Tuesday the presence of the Russian Aerospace Forces' aircraft in the country, saying that the Russian airplanes arrived in Venezuela for joint flights with the country's airplanes and posed no threat.

"Let nobody be afraid of the presence of these livelihood airplanes, bombers, fighters and strategic bombers that landed on the Venezuelan territory. We are building peace rather than waging war," the minister said welcoming the arrival of the Russian aircraft, as quoted by the Telesur broadcaster.

According to the minister, the joint flights with the Russian aircraft are aimed at training Venezuela to protect itself against any aggression.

Earlier in the day, Pompeo referred to the Russian and Venezuelan governments as "two corrupt governments squandering public funds, and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer" after Russia's two supersonic bombers had carried out a flight from Russia to Venezuela.

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