In Venezuela, hundreds of Russian servicemen remain to protect President Nicolas Maduro. This statement was made by the head of the southern command of the US Armed Forces, Admiral Craig Faller, speaking before the US Senate.
“Russian troops and Russian military experts are still in Venezuela, supporting the Maduro regime,” he said during his speech.
Faller believes that the deployment of Russian troops in Latin America is nothing more than a demonstration of their forces to the United States.
On June 26, Russia announced that it was withdrawing its specialists from Venezuela.
In March, it became known that the plane of the Russian Air Force flew to Venezuela. On June 24, another flight from Russia arrived in the country. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the Russian military had arrived in a South American country to serve military equipment.
US President Donald Trump on March 27 said that the Russian military should leave Venezuelan territory. The Organization of the American States and Washington blamed Moscow for the “reckless escalation” of the situation in Venezuela. In Russia, they pointed out that the military would stay in Venezuela “as long as necessary”, and new missions could arrive in the country within the framework of the existing agreements.
The situation in Venezuela escalated on January 23, when, after mass protests, opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president. The United States, the majority of EU members and Latin American countries have recognized him as the legitimate head of state. Russia and a number of other states have announced support for the current president.