Russian jets in Venezuela hit relations with US - 11 Sept 08

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The already frosty relations between Moscow and the US are being put under further strain with the arrival of two Russian bombers in Venezuela.

Moscow insists they are just on a training mission but with Russian ships also due in the Carribean later this year, both deployments are being seen as a tit-for-tat response to US movements in Russia's backyard.

The Russian foreign minister is currently in Poland to express his concern over Washington's plans for a missile defence shield based in former Soviet States.

Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports.