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Russia must get out of Venezuela, all options open – Trump

RT | March 27, 2019

US President Donald Trump has warned that Russia must get out of Venezuela. Two planeloads of Russian troops are currently in the Latin American country under the terms of a 2001 cooperation treaty.

Speaking at the White House, Trump also warned that “all options are open” when it comes to getting Russia out of Venezuela.

Around 100 Russian troops touched down in Caracas on Saturday, a show of support for President Nicolas Maduro’s government. The move caused consternation in Washington, however, with Vice President Mike Pence calling the deployment an “unnecessary provocation.”

Pence also called on Russia to withdraw its support of Maduro and “stand with Juan Guaido,” the Washington-sponsored opposition leader who declared himself interim president in January.

Trump met with Guaido’s wife, Fabiana Rosales, on Wednesday, and pledged his support to her husband. After the momentum behind his play for the presidency fizzled out, Guaido has continued to criticize Maduro’s government, on Tuesday accusing the Venezuelan leader of violating the country’s constitution by welcoming the Russian troops.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, insisted that the deployment was carried out “in strict accordance with the constitution of that country and with full respect for its legal norms.”

US officials have repeatedly warned Russia against intervening in the Guaido/Maduro power struggle. National Security Adviser John Bolton tweeted on Monday that the “United States will not tolerate hostile foreign military powers meddling with the Western Hemisphere’s shared goals of democracy, security, and the rule of law.”

March 27, 2019 - Posted by | Militarism | ,

2 Comments »

  1. Russia has not forgotten what happened in Ukraine….

    Comment by notlurking | March 27, 2019 | Reply

  2. The USA Government has got to stop telling the rest of the World what to do, and start behaving as a responsible World Citizen. They’ve shown contempt for the UN, sneeringly dismissed the International Criminal Court, and ignored Mr Assad’s order for them to leave Syria, even recently recognising Israel’s “Sovereignty over the Golan Heights”
    The USA also destroyed Iraq in what is now clearly recognised as an illegal assault on that country, and murdered its leader Saddam Hussain. They’re backing the Coup d’ Etat in Venezuela, with an American Stooge in Mr Guaido.
    When is the USA Government going to start acting like a Citizen of this World, instead of a Rogue State?

    Comment by Brian Harry | March 27, 2019 | Reply


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