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Russian military planes in Venezuela's main airport reportedly with troops and equipment

Monday, March 25th 2019 - 08:50 UTC
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A military plane with a Russian flag on its fuselage could be seen on the tarmac at Maiquetia airport on Sunday A military plane with a Russian flag on its fuselage could be seen on the tarmac at Maiquetia airport on Sunday
About 100 troops and 35 tons of equipment offloaded from the planes, journalist Javier Mayorca wrote on Twitter About 100 troops and 35 tons of equipment offloaded from the planes, journalist Javier Mayorca wrote on Twitter

Two Russian military planes landed in Venezuela's main airport on Saturday, reportedly carrying dozens of troops and large amounts of equipment. The planes were sent to “fulfill technical military contracts”, Russia's Sputnik news agency reported.

Javier Mayorca, a Venezuelan journalist, wrote on Twitter that he saw about 100 troops and 35 tons of equipment offloaded from the planes. It comes three months after the two nations held joint military exercises.

Russia has long been an ally of Venezuela, lending the South American nation billions of dollars and backing its oil industry and military. Russia has also vocally opposed moves from the US to sanction the government of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro.

Mr Mayorca said on Twitter that a Russian air force Antonov-124 cargo plane and a smaller jet landed near Caracas on Saturday. He said that Russian General Vasily Tonkoshkurov led the troops off one of the planes.

A military plane with a Russian flag on its fuselage could be seen on the tarmac at an airport on Sunday. Images on social media also appeared to show Russian troops gathered at the airport.

Ties between Moscow and Venezuela have strengthened in recent months, amid worsening relations between the US and Venezuela. In December, Russia sent two air force jets there as part of a military exercise.

Russia has condemned other foreign powers for backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who declared himself interim president in January.

President Maduro has accused Mr Guaidó of trying to mount a coup against him with the help of “US imperialists”.

The Kremlin echoed that line, accusing Mr Guaidó of an “illegal attempt to seize power” backed by the United States and pledging to do “everything required” to support Mr Maduro.

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  • chronic

    Chuk/Cam establishing second front @jabanana.

    Mar 25th, 2019 - 01:36 pm 0
  • willowas1

    international communities reluctance to stand up to russia for their lack of respect for international norms generally and the inability of the west to prevent the buying or stealing of its technology by spies be they western or russian is a bit like my dad-oladejo awoku-if he coughs we all catch cold

    Mar 25th, 2019 - 03:23 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Starting to smell a bit like the Cuban missile crisis.....

    Mar 25th, 2019 - 07:02 pm 0
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