Remember those two Russian Blackjacks that are flying from Venezuela at Hugo’s invitation?
Two Russian long-range bombers will return to base from Venezuela in four days after a visit designed to show off Moscow’s military strength and build ties with a foe of the United States.
The bombers, known in the West by the NATO codename “Blackjack”, are capable of carrying nuclear weapons but were not doing so during the flight to South America. They will return to Russia on September 15, Air Force commander Vladimir Drik told Interfax news agency.
It doesn’t sound as if Hugo had a chance to ride in one of them, never mind “fly one of those beasts:”
When asked to comment, the head of the Russian Air Force’s long-distance command, Pavel Androsov, said that any requests would be considered positively.
“If they ask us, then fine, if they give us such an order, we will safely transport him (Chavez) and show him the Caribbean from above,” Androsov was quoted as saying by Interfax.
Reuters video here: