Two Russian bombers landed in Venezuela provoking a strong reaction from the U.S.
While the US has portrayed the landing of the Russian nuclear weapons capable bombers in Venezuela as a threat, Venezuela says the US is the threat, which is why the Russian military was invited.
Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has accused the U.S. and the National Security Adviser John Bolton particularly of being behind assassination plots against him.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, tweeted, “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.”
Adding to the tensions, Goodyear announced on Tuesday last week that it plans to close its factory in Venezuela because of US sanctions against the country.
To some experts, allowing the Russian bombers to land in Venezuela and having them participate in Venezuelan military maneuvers, represents a provocation on the part of Venezuela towards the US.
While others point out, Venezuela collaborating with Russia is not with the aim of provoking the US, but to deter any aggression that the US might direct against Venezuela.