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Russian military have arrived in Venezuela but will not take part in military operations

REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

The Russian military have arrived in Venezuela however will not participate in army operations, Venezuela's navy attache in Moscow become stated as pronouncing by inter-fax News Agency on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry afterwards aforesaid Russia had sent a team of specialists to Venezuela discuss military cooperation at the request of the government in national capital.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to withdraw troops from Venezuela and said "all options" were open to make that happen . Two Russian planes landed in the backyard of Caracas on Saturday with about 100 Russian soldiers, media reports said. Russia has so far refused to comment on the reports.

“The presence of Russian servicemen in Venezuela is linked to the discussion of cooperation in the military-technical sphere,” Jose Rafael Torrealba Perez said, according to Interfax.

"Russia is no longer changing the stability of the force in the region, and Russia does not threaten anyone, unlike citizens (officials) in Washington," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a weekly press conference on Thursday.

"The Russian experts arrived in Venezuela in line with the provisions of a bilateral intergovernmental agreement on military technical cooperation," he said.

In the recent political crisis in Venezuela, Russia and China supported President Nicolas Maduro, while the United States and most of the various Western countries helped opposition leader Juan Gaidu. In January, Guaido protested the law to expect intervention by the Venezuelan presidency, arguing that Maduro's re-election in 2018 was illegal.

CTM News | 28th March 2019

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