The Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers will be stationed at the Gvardeyskoye air base in Crimea, according to Viktor Bondarev, head of the upper house of parliament’s defence and security committee. NATO said in a statement it condemned what it called “Russia’s ongoing and wide-ranging military build-up in Crimea”.
But Russia has spent billions of taxpayers’ money trying to integrate Crimea since annexing it from Ukraine in 2014.
Officials even built a bridge to link the peninsula to southern Russia.
But Western sanctions on Moscow for its annexation have lead to the peninsula being isolated, which has pushed up prices and slowed its development.
In May 2016, the US also switched on an $800million site in Romania.
Russia’s Ministry of Defence told the US last month it should destroy its MK-41 missile defence launch systems in order to return to compliance with a Cold War-era nuclear pact.
But officials from the US-led NATO alliance, who took over control of the systems in 2016, responded it is supposed to defend against attacks from Iran and groups including al Qaeda.
The plans come as President Vladimir Putin flew into the Black Sea peninsula today to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Russia annexing Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
He attended the launch of a power station in the city of Sevastopol and watched the launch of another in Simferopol by video conference.
The power stations are able to cover 90 percent of Crimea’s power needs and today’s inauguration marked the moment they began working at full capacity.
But the same power stations were at the centre of an international scandal after German engineering company Siemens said its power turbines had been installed at them without its knowledge and in violation of European Union sanctions, although Russia denied this.
Mr Putin also avoided questions from local religious and community leaders and instead told a crowd at a pop concert that what he called their historical decision to become part of Russia in a 2014 referendum was “comparable to the bravery of Red Army soldiers at the start of World War Two”.
He said: ”Only the basic conditions of development have been laid down, but we will do everything to achieve the goals before us.”
Ukraine issued a diplomatic protest note over what it said was Putin’s unauthorised visit, saying Crimea was Ukrainian territory.
But Russia is adamant the referendum held after Russian forces secured the peninsula showed Crimeans do want to be part of Russia.