Moscow (AFP) - Russia stated Thursday its troops will live in Venezuela "for so long as vital", rejecting US President Donald Trump's demand that Russia eradicate its defense force from the crisis-stricken country.
Russia's weekend deployment of troops and gadget to bolster President Nicolas Maduro has ratcheted up already excessive internati onal tensions over Venezuela the place the Trump administration is pushing for regime alternate.
The Russian international ministry insisted Thursday the presence of its troops there did not pose a possibility to any individual.
"they're involved in the implementation of agreements in the sphere of military and technical cooperation," noted ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, including they would continue to be within the country "for so long as essential."
"Russia isn't altering the steadiness of vigor within the location, Russia isn't threatening any person unlike citizens in Washington whom I actually have just quoted," she informed newshounds.
She turned into relating to Trump's comments that "Russia has to get out" of Venezuela in addit ion to to statements by means of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Washington doesn't plan to negotiate with Maduro and desires to end Russia and Cuba's impact on Caracas.
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the united states and greater than 50 different nations recognise Venezuelan opposition chief Juan Guaido as period in-between president while Russia, along with China, backs Maduro.
"Neither Russia nor Venezuela are provinces of the united states," Zakharova noted.
Russian overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused Washington of trying to "organise a coup d'etat" within the oil-producing nation.
Venezuela's military attache in Moscow additionally pointed out Thursday that Russian troops have been within the country under an agreement on militia and technical cooperation and never to perform a defense forc e operation.
A Russian air force Antonov-124 cargo aircraft and a smaller Ilyushin Il-62 landed at the main airport backyard Caracas on Saturday and offloaded round 100 troops and tonnes of device.
"As for the presence of Russian consultants, we're speakme about cooperation, militia and technical cooperation," the attache, Jose Rafael Torre alba Perez, changed into quoted as asserting in translated feedback through RIA Novosti state information company.
"we're completely no longer speaking about Russia's military presence to carry out armed forces operations," he added.
Venezuela's Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez is anticipated to visit Moscow in April as a part of the cooperation between both international locations, the attache referred to.
On Tuesday, Zakharova declared that Russia became "establishing cooperation with Venezuela in strict accordance with the charter of that nation and with full respect for its criminal norms".
"The presence of Russian consultants on Venezuelan territory is regulated by means of an agreement between the Russian and Venezuelan governments on military and technical cooperation that changed into signed in may, 2001," she obse rved.
In 2011, Russia gave Venezuela a $4 billion personal loan to purchase Russian armaments.