Guyana Guardian – Saying that it firmly backs Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro, Russia has sent two nuclear bomber aircraft to the Spanish speaking country; – an act that the United States has so far fail to comment on.
It is believed that the Guyana government (up to press time) was totally unaware of the presence of nuclear bombers in Venezuela. Guyana’s President David Granger is currently out of the country receiving treatment for cancer, suggesting that the move by Russia to deploy nuclear-capable weapons in Venezuela and expressing its support for Venezuela at a time like this to be totaly unethical and bad for diplomacy.
Russia’s Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigun had explained that Russia will send more military aircraft and warships to Venezuela in the coming weeks.
Except for saying that the nuclear bombers and military support was being provided as a result of discussions between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro, he did not say why Russia would have wanted to send two Nuclear aircraft and other military equipment to Caracas, at a time when the country is embroiled in a border dispute with Guyana, whose military is already pint-size to Venezuela’s.
But according to a report in the New York Times, and the Time Magazine (see that report HERE), the United States and Russia are currently locked in a new post-cold war dispute that is now spilling over to third countries where the United States has its interest.
The American oil giant ExxonMobil has discovered several billion barrels of crude oil offshore Guyana, and in an area that Caracas says belong to Venezuela.
And with the United States backing the deployment of NATO forces in countries neighbouring Russia, the Kremlin is seemingly doing the same by deploying military gear in neighbouring countries where American interest can be affected.
But whether the current deployment of the two Russian nuclear bombers in Venezuela is a tit-for-tat against Americas military works in the Balkans, or an intimidation tool to remind Guyanese authorities about the Venezuelan position regarding the Essequibo, observers are of the view that the entire exercise should be seen as a military threat to Caracas’ neighbours.
The two nuclear bombers are now sitting at a Venezuelan air force base.