Venezuela does not rule out the arrival of new Russian military

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Within the framework of technical-military cooperation agreements between Moscow and Caracas, new Russian specialists could arrive in Venezuela. The military already on site will remain there “as long as necessary”, according to Caracas.

Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister Ivan Gil spoke about the Russian military presence in Venezuela.

“This group of military specialists is in Venezuela as part of our technical-military cooperation agreements and contracts” and they will remain there “as long as necessary to keep all military equipment in good working order,” he specifies.

The United States special envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams had previously admitted the possibility of sanctions against Russia because of the military support provided by Moscow to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Last week, President Donald Trump demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops sent to Venezuela, adding that “all options” were open to achieve this result.

On March 24, media reported that 99 Russian servicemen had arrived in Caracas on two transport planes with 35 tons of cargo.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed the presence of Russian military specialists in the country. Russia also inaugurated in late March in Venezuela a military training center for helicopter pilots.

Elliott Abrams said the Russian military was working with S-300 missile systems supplied in Venezuela in 2013 that were damaged by recent power outages in the country.

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