Trump Says Russian Military Must Leave – Venezuela Crisis


The Russian foreign ministry on Tuesday said two plane loads of Russian “specialists” who landed in Venezuela on the weekend did so as part of a military-technical cooperation agreement between the two countries.

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Russian soldiers needed to leave Venezuela, days after a Russian military contingent arrived just outside of Caracas, saying “all options” were open to make that happen.

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“Russia has to get out,” Trump told reporters during a meeting with the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Asked how that could be accomplished, Trump said: “We’ll see. All options are open.”

Arrival of Russian military a provocation – Pence

The arrival of two Russian air force planes containing nearly 100 troops in Venezuela last weekend was a provocation, US Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday.

“The United States views Russia’s arrival of military planes this weekend as an unwelcome provocation,” Pence told reporters.

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Russian deployment includes ‘cybersecurity personnel’ –US

A Russian military contingent that arrived in Venezuela over the weekend, drawing US condemnation, is believed by the US government to be made up of special forces, including “cybersecurity personnel,” a US official said on Tuesday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States was still assessing the Russian deployment, which Washington has called a “reckless escalation” of the situation in Venezuela.

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