Two Russian Tu-160 supersonic bombers, the largest war planes in the world, landed in Venezuela on Monday, after flying more than 10,000 kilometers in less than 13 hours, a spokesperson from the Russian Ministry of Defense informed.
....Back in 2008, two other Tu-160 bombers were also sent to Venezuela, the main importer of Russian arms in Latin America.
Then, late president Hugo Chávez stated that the visit of the two Russian strategic bombers was "a gesture of fraternity and support, which should give us greater security."And in other news of greater airport security, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery of the former Soviet Union;
"What do you do for a living? Where are you staying? Do you have relatives there? How much money are you taking with you?" these are some of the questions that passengers are getting used at Simón Bolívar International Airport of Maiquetía. They answer the questions with a smile to the military staff in order not to raise suspicion that leads them straight to a baggage examination.
For foreigners, the militarization existing at the airport continues to be weird. A Spanish citizen who traveled back to his country expressed amazement at the baggage examination he had to go through, as well as the long-lasting queues before actually being checked by the National Guard's Office (GN).Wonder if they put Sean Penn through that?
Despite the waiting time, users remain silent. They do not complain when servicemen question them in low –but piercing- voice everything they will be doing once they depart from Venezuelan territory. The atmosphere generated by the military presence at the airport makes people feel oppressed.Which, for forty years, the citizens of Chile have been free from. Along with their prosperity.