Russia’s Military Presence in Venezuela is a Threat to the Endeavor of US Sanctions


This post was last updated on April 2nd, 2019 at 01:21 pm

The US Venezuela issue, which has not seen any tremendous progress, despite the US tightening extent of sanctions on the nation, has now added Russia to the equation.

The conformation of Russia getting involved came on Thursday, when it affirmed having military presence in Venezuela. Going through the rough phase since the US sanctions, Russia’s presence is now adding salt into the wounds for Venezuelans.

In a briefing on Thursday in Moscow, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said “Russian specialists” were present on Venezuela’s soil, but it was only “in accordance with the provisions of the bilateral intergovernmental agreement on military-technical cooperation” between Moscow and Caracas.

The regime of the embattled Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is well backed by the Russians, while more than 50 other countries around the world recognize Juan Guaido as the country’s interim President.

Zakharova also provided a little insight into what Russia’s military was doing in the nation, besides once again assuring that their presence “doesn’t violate international law, doesn’t change the balance of forces in the region.” She also added that Russia had only delivered the shipment of humanitarian aid at the request of the Venezuelan government.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov diplomatically pointing out the US said, Russia’s relationship with Venezuela should not worry the third parties. We do not interfere in the domestic affairs of Venezuela,” he added. “We count on these third countries to follow our example and allow Venezuelans to decide their own fate.”

The announcement on Thursday came a day after President Donald Trump urged Moscow to “get out” of Venezuela following reports of ‘Russian planes landing in the nation’.

During an Oval office meeting on Wednesday with Guaido’s wife, Fabiana Rosales, President Trump was questioned if Russia’s presence complicates the situation in Venezuela, to which he said: “We’ll see. We’ll see. All options are open. … All options are open.”

Earlier this week, even US State Secretary Mike Pompeo called on Russia “to cease its unconstructive behavior”.


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