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World Briefing / VENEZUELA

Russia sends 2 bomber planes

September 11, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Russia has flown two long-range bombers to Venezuela, flexing its military muscle amid a dispute with the United States over the Georgia war.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said the Tu-160 strategic bombers would help counter U.S. regional influences.

The planes were escorted by fighter jets from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Russian Air Force spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky told Interfax news agency.

Russia and Venezuela had already announced plans to hold joint naval exercises.

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