The head of the US Southern Command, Admiral Craig Foller, stated that in Venezuela, allegedly there are hundreds of Russian military personnel and contractors.
“Russian troops and Russian military contractors are located in the republic, their presence in Venezuela amounts to hundreds. They support the regime of President Nicolas Maduro, ”Foller said at a Senate hearing on July 9.
According to him, the Russian military maintain in Venezuela the performance of military equipment and “carry out the full range of measures to maintain their puppet regime.” The evidence of his words the American military did not lead.
Washington has repeatedly heard allegations that troops from Russia are allegedly in Venezuela. The reason was that on June 24, a Russian military plane landed in the Bolivarian Republic. The next day, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov explained that specialists had arrived in the country for the planned maintenance of the equipment supplied earlier. And on July 27, Russian leader Vladimir Putin in an interview with the Financial Times stressed that there are no Russian troops in the republic.
“I have already said many times to our American partners: there are no our troops. Do you understand? There are specialists, there are instructors, yes, they work. And most recently the group left there, ”said the president.
The political situation in Venezuela has remained tense since January. Then, against the backdrop of opposition protests, parliamentary speaker Juan Guaydo declared himself the interim president. Its “legitimacy” was recognized by the USA, Canada, Guatemala and a number of other countries. Russia, China, Mexico and other countries supported Maduro. The Venezuelan leader called the incident an attempted coup and severed diplomatic relations with Washington.