In spite of reports that a ‘deal’ had been worked out between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding Venezuela’s future, and the recent departure of Russian ‘advisors’ from Caracas, Russia today declared it will continue to help develop the armed forces of the dictator Nicolas Maduro.
“We will continue our multifaceted efforts on developing partner relations with brotherly Venezuela. We will continue to implement projects in various areas, to hold events within the existing agreements that would strengthen the military potential of this country’s armed forces…Reports concerning Russia’s military presence in Venezuela have been debunked many times. I would like to stress once again that this concerns maintenance of equipment delivered there,” declared Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
Juan Guaido, the opposition leader and de facto interim president, has struggled to force Maduro from power. A recent civil uprising failed in that regard.
Most European Union member states recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president. Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey voiced support for Maduro, added TASS.
The White House has pushed for Maduro to be removed after Russia flew long range bombers to the region and declared a desire to establish a Russian military facility in the Caribbean Sea, off America’s doorstep.
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