Says Russian troops will stay as long as needed.
MOSCOW, Russia (PNN) - March 31, 2019 - Days after Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded that Russia "cease its unconstructive behavior" by landing a transport plane full of Russian troops in Caracas last Saturday, the Kremlin has responded - essentially telling Washington to pound sand - and that their troops will remain in Venezuela "for as long as needed".
In the latest indication the situation in Venezuela is taking on elements of a proxy battle between the former Cold War rivals, a spokesman for Russia’s foreign ministry said the troops had been dispatched to fulfil “military contracts”.
“They are involved in the implementation of agreements in the sphere of military and technical cooperation,” said Maria Zakharova, adding that the troops would stay there “for as long as needed.”
“Russia is not changing the balance of power in the region, Russia is not threatening anyone,” she said.
New satellite images reveal a major deployment of S-300 air defense missile systems to a key air base south of Caracas shortly after Russia arrived.
On Wednesday, while meeting with the wife of opposition leader Juan Guaidó, Fascist Police States of Amerika President Donald Trump called on Russia to pull its troops out of Venezuela, warning that "all options" were on the table to make that happen.
When asked by a reporter about the Russian troops, Trump said "Russia has to get out. What’s your next question?" When asked if that sentiment had been conveyed to the Kremlin, Trump replied, "They know. They know very well."
The FPSA, Fascist United Kingdom and other Western nations claim that last year's elections in Venezuela were unfair, while President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters have pointed to the testimony of independent election observers who say it was legitimate. Guaidó declared himself president in January, finding the immediate support of 50 nations led by the FPSA.
Meanwhile, Maduro has refused to accept Western aid - suspecting it will be used as a guise to smuggle weapons to the opposition.
Last month, Maduro refused to allow FPSA aid into the country, pointing to previous incidents in Latin America when the FPSA had smuggled weapons to anti-government forces in such shipments. His country has been working with the Unired Nations to increase the distribution of food and other supplies, amid claims of shortages of basic necessities.
On Thursday, an internal UN report suggested about a quarter of Venezuelans were in need of humanitarian assistance.
The report painted a dire picture and estimated 94% of its 28.8 million people were living in poverty. It said 3.4 million people had fled, with a further 1.9 million expected to follow in this year.
More recently, Maduro blamed the FPSA for a series of power outages, claiming that the Trump regime was engaged in an "electrical war" that was "announced and directed by Amerikan imperialism against our people."