Interfax: Cuba, Venezuela may host Russian bombers

The Interfax news agency reported on Saturday that a Russian Air Force chief said that Venezuela's president has offered an island as a temporary base for strategic Russian bombers. The agency reported that chief of staff of Russia's long range aviation Maj. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev said that President Hugo Chavez had offered "a whole island with an aerodrome, which we can use as a temporary base for strategic bombers." The agency quoted Zhikharev as saying, "If there is an corresponding political decision, then the use of the island ... by the Russian Air Force is possible."