Russian Bombers Land in Venezuela

Strategic fighters arrive after Chavez's invitation
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2008 6:39 AM CDT
In this picture released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez attends the inauguration of a state-run medical center in Caracas, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008.   (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office)
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(Newser) – Two Russian bombers have landed at an airfield in Venezuela, where the Russian defense ministry says they will conduct a few days of test flights. The mission comes after Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan president, invited the Russian air force to conduct operations in its territory. A spokesman for the Russian military said that NATO fighter planes followed the bombers all the way across the Atlantic.