At the airport of Maiquetia in Caracas this Saturday landed the heavy transport aircraft An-124 and a passenger Il-62. They arrived about one hundred Russians, many in uniform, and a few dozen tons of cargo.
Video of the Russian An-124-100 arriving in Venezuela along with an Il-62M. The Noticiero Digital newspaper Venezuela claimed that Colonel General Vasily Tonkoshkurov, the Deputy Commander of the Russian Ground Forces, arrived with 99 military personnel.https://t.co/Wc0M89qLRy pic.twitter.com/9OSB6XBLWT
— Rob Lee (@RALee85) March 24, 2019
US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo in connection with the news of the arrival of the Russian military in Venezuela today called the foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov. «The United States and the countries of the region will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbated tensions in Venezuela. The continued introduction of Russian troops to support the illegal regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela runs the risk of prolonging the suffering of the Venezuelan people, who overwhelmingly support the provisional President, Juan, Guido», — says the official report of the State Department about the telephone conversation.
«Noting fundamental differences in the positions of Russia and the United States, the foreign Ministers agreed to continue contacts and exchange of assessments» — so described this conversation in an official statement the Russian foreign Ministry.
Russia is the enemy, always been since the end of world war II, and now they just land aircrafts and troops in Venezuela, are we just cross our arms and watch? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/W8ob1UDARF
— MC (@marcocol66) March 25, 2019
Side number of aircraft owned by the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation, but the war Department today did not comment on the situation. The Russian RIA Novosti, citing sources in the Venezuelan leadership, argues that these boards arrived in the country 99 officers for negotiations on military-technical cooperation. Ostensibly, the visit is not associated with the current acute political situation was planned. However, the Venezuelan El Nacional writes that among the arrivals of the military Russian General Vasily Tonkoshkura.
Colonel-General Tonkoshkura since last year, is headed by the Main staff of land forces of Russia. Previously for many years was the Main organization and mobilization Directorate. This military officer who took part in the war in the North Caucasus and Afghanistan, his experience in international trade and military-technical cooperation had not previously been reported.
Against the background of statements of Moscow’s readiness to consistently support the Maduro regime, the Russian military visits aroused the suspicion of Venezuelans and the international community. Earlier, there were reports of the arrival in Venezuela of several hundred Russian mercenaries. The situation in Republic has become aggravated especially in the last few days as a result of the blackout, which city is limited in supply and the police lose control of streets, the robberies and riots.