Moscow – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia declared that Russian military personnel who arrived in Venezuela on the weekend, has every right to be there. The gap between Russia and the United States over the resolution of the crisis in Venezuela widened following the arrival of Russian personnel at the weekend, which supported Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
In the first statement of Moscow on the reports of stationing The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, stated on Tuesday in a statement that Russia has sent personnel "in strict accordance" with the Venezuelan Constitution and a bilateral agreement on military cooperation. She did not explain how many troops Russia had sent.
The political crisis in Venezuela worsened after opposition leader Juan Guaido claimed the interim presidency and quickly received the support of dozens of nations, including the United States. The Trump government has designated Maduro as a bastard leader after being reelected as deeply flawed by democratic standards.
Sources have told CBS News national security correspondent David Martin that according to US intelligence estimates, about 100 people landed in Russian planes that landed in Venezuela over the weekend. It was not clear what kind of equipment was introduced and Russia routinely sent military trainers, consultants and technicians to Venezuela, but 100 were considered more than routine.
The influx of Russian troops, allegedly with intelligence services, prompted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to call his Russian counterpart on Monday to warn him, "The United States and the regional countries will not remain idle as Russia aggravates the tensions in Venezuela "
" The continued deployment of Russian military personnel in support of the illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela poses the danger that the Venezuelan people overwhelming the interim president Juan Guaido supports, extends the suffering, "Pompeo continued to explain the phone call.
In Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed the talks, but said that Lavrov is "vigorously" Washington's attempts to organize a coup d'état in Venezuela and the threats against its rightful government constitute a violation of the United Nations Charter and blatant interference into the internal affairs of a sovereign state. "