Washington, DC, United States (VoA) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned his Russian counterpart Monday that the United States will not “stand idly” as Russia escalates political tensions in Venezuela.
“The continued insertion of Russian military personnel to support the illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela risks prolonging the suffering of the Venezuelan people who overwhelmingly support interim President Juan Guaido,” a State Department readout of the call between Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Venezuelan and Russian media reported that two Russian air force planes landed in the capital city of Caracas Monday, carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100 troops.
A longtime ally of Venezuela, Russia has backed incumbent leader Nicolas Maduro, while the United States, along with dozens of other countries, have shown support for Guaido, who declared himself interim president after a controversial election last year.
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