Russian Federation confirms its military personnel arrived in Venezuela

Russian Federation confirms its military personnel arrived in Venezuela

President Trump told Russian Federation on Wednesday it needs to stop meddling in Venezuela, as top members of his administration met with Fabiana Rosales, the woman that USA officials recognize as first lady.

A spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said the United States should pull troops from Syria before telling Moscow to withdraw from Venezuela.

"We are with Venezuela; we are with your husband, as you know and we are with the people that he represents - which is a big, big majority of the country", he said.

Several tonnes of equipment were seen being unloaded from two Russian planes, an Antonov An-124 and an Ilyushin Il-62, at Caracas airport.

"He's been very clear when he says all options are on the table", Trump's national security advisor John Bolton told reporters at the White House.

Maduro, who retains control of the military and other state institutions as well as the backing of Russian Federation and China, has denounced Guaido as a puppet of the United States.

The United States openly supports Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself "interim president" back in January, following waves of anti- and pro-government rallies.

Two Russian air force planes carrying almost 100 troops landed outside Caracas on Saturday, escalating tensions.

The announcement by the state comptroller on Thursday increases pressure on the leader of the National Assembly, who is staging protests in an attempt to force President Nicolas Maduro from power.

Mr Maduro's time in office has been marked by economic collapse, hyperinflation and shortages of many basic goods and medicines.

With the Lima Group of countries recognising Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, Brazil is now focussing on getting his representatives recognised in global organizations instead of Maduro's, Araujo said, as happened recently at the Inter-American Development Bank. "But let me tell you that there is light, and the light is here".

He said "the United States views Russia's arrival of military planes this weekend as an unwelcome provocation and we call on Russian Federation today to cease all support for the Maduro regime".

Maduro has also accused Guaido and the opposition of "terrorist acts" that caused a massive nationwide blackout for three days this week that authorities appeared to have repaired by Thursday.

Vice President Mike Pence called the arrival of the Russian military planes in Caracas an "unwelcome provocation".

Russia's deployment of troops and equipment to bolster Maduro has ratcheted up already high worldwide tension in Venezuela where the Trump administration is pushing hard for regime change amid mounting chaos in the once rich country.

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