Two Russian military aircraft landed in Venezuela today and offloaded about 100 troops and 35 tons of equipment.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Russian Foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov today and asked Moscow to stop it’s ‘unconstructive behavior’ in the Latin American country.
Javier Mayorca, a Venezuelan journalist, said on Twitter that a Russian air force Antonov-124 cargo plane and a smaller jet landed near Caracas on Saturday, reported BBC.
He said that Russian General Vasily Tonkoshkurov led the troops off one of the planes.
Russia has befriended the Maduro government and has loaned the dictatorship billions of dollars which it could lose if the U.S. is successful with regime change in Caracas. Russia also is interested in establishing a military base in Venezuelan territory. This seems to have caught The White House’s attention and hence the harsh line towards Maduro and his cronies.