Russia says it’s ready to have more & # 39; military specialists & # 39; to Venezuela
Russia is ready to offer more & # 39; military specialists & # 39; sent to Venezuela if deemed necessary, the state-led news agency said.
The country's foreign ministry has also not ruled out that the number of soldiers currently stationed in the South American nation is increasing.
The news goes against President Trump's assertion, tweeted earlier this week, that Moscow had just finished retiring from its people.
America and Russia are battling for control of Venezuela, the location of the world's largest oil reserves, with support from Moscow to President Maduro and Washington in support of opposition leader Juan Guaido.
Russia is ready to become more & # 39; military specialists & # 39; send to Venezuela and increase its presence in the South American country, the Foreign Ministry said (President Putin, pictured)
Protesters have been trying for months to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, who is supported by Moscow, from power – leading to a tense confrontation
Russian defense company Rostec stationed about 1,000 security companies in the country two years ago, but recent reports suggest that the number has been reduced to just a few tens after Maduro did not cover the bill.
Rostec had worked with Venezuelan troops and advised the Maduro regime and also helped secure the arms trade.
The Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary group whose recruits are known to have fought in the Syrian civil war, is also believed to be present in the country – although the size of the deployment is unclear.
The US supported Guaido after declaring himself the legitimate president of Veneuzela, following what many saw last year as illegal elections that brought Maduro to power for a second term.
Since then, Guaido has won the support of most Western countries by promising to expel Maduro and install a transitional government until new elections can be held.
Moscow continues to support Maduro – billions have invested in its government – and feared a proxy conflict between the US and Russia.
Russia's position contradicts a tweet from President Trump earlier this week, who claimed that Moscow had just finished resigning its people
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking on behalf of President Trump, has said that America is willing to forcefully expel Maduro.
Meanwhile, John Bolton, National Security Advisor, has warned Moscow that & # 39; we expect the Russians not to interfere in Venezuela & # 39 ;.
Chronic mismanagement of Venezuela's oil stocks has shown the country's economy all but collapsed, with rampant hyperinflation, food shortages and power outages.
Venezuela was the richest nation in South America under Maduro's predecessor and mentor, Hugo Chavez.
On April 30, Guaido urged local soldiers on the opposition side to turn against the government in a video released that day from Caracas, the capital of Venezuela.
The effort, called Operacion Libertad, which translates to Operation Freedom, would be the final phase of plans to overthrow Maduro.
Senior officials from the United States, including Trump, Bolton, Vice President Mike Pence and State Secretary Mike Pompeo, openly expressed support for Guido and the opposition.
US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido is trying to take over power from Maduro in Venezuela by deploying Washington against Moscow
Guiado announced the start of Operation Libertad to expel Maduro last month, hoping the army was about to fail, but the attempt failed (photos & # 39; s, street protests)
After the effort was unsuccessful, it turned out that Trump was not satisfied with Bolton's advice. The Washington Post said that, according to sources, Trump felt he was being misled by believing that the opposition would be successful.
Trump denied the reports and said: & John is very good, and John has a strong opinion about things, but that's OK. & # 39;
The president also admitted that Bolton is even more aggressive than he is in terms of national security and foreign policy.
I actually temper John, which is quite amazing, right? I'm the one who confuses him, & Trump wondered. & # 39; I like John, I get very good advice from John. & # 39;
Russia was not the only country that would involve the US in the clashes in Venezuela.
During the height of the confrontations between the government of Venezuela and its people, Trump threatened to face a & # 39; full and complete embargo & # 39; would speak against Cuba if it did not stop the military operations in the nation.
The president accused the Caribbean nation of propping up Maduro – a claim that challenged the Cuban government.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez called Bolton a & # 39; pathological liar & # 39; because of his claim that around 20,000 Cubans in Venezuela provide security support to Maduro.
Rodriguez said that those few ten thousand Cubans are mostly medical workers.
& # 39; That State State memorandum says Cuban special forces were deployed on the border between Colombia and Venezuela to do provocative military exercises. That's a lie. "I invite them to provide evidence," said Rodriguez at a press conference on April 25.
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