The State Department statement did not refer to the arrival of the Russian passenger jet and a military cargo plane, although it condemned Russian military support for the "illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro".
"Two Russian planes arrived in Venezuela on Saturday with equipment and personnel to fulfill technical military contracts", the agency reported on the Spanish-language version of its website.
An airplane with the Russian flag is seen at Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas, Venezuela March 24, 2019. The Ilyushin IL-62 passenger jet had flown from Moscow via Syria, where Russian Federation supports President Bashar Assad.
Reporter Javier Mayorca wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the first plane carried Vasily Tonkoshkurov, chief of staff of the ground forces, adding the second was a cargo plane carrying 35 tonnes of material.Читайте также: Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser leaks - Software
In a show of solidarity in December, Russian and Venezuelan forces conducted a joint military exercise in the South American country.
Pompeo warned Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Russian Federation was exacerbating tensions in Venezuela and undermining efforts to restore democracy in the South American nation, Robert Palladino, a State Department spokesman, said.
Meanwhile, Russia has always been an ally of the socialist nation, lending it billions of dollars and backing its oil industry and military.
A visit of Russian military personnel to Venezuela is in no way connected to the statements of the United States on potential intervention in Venezuela, a diplomatic source in Caracas told Sputnik on Monday.
A Venezuelan official said Russian military officials were visiting to discuss equipment maintenance and training, and strategy.
Moscow supports Maduro in his tense battle for control of the Venezuelan government with opposition figure and self-declared interim President Juan Guaido, who is backed by Washington and many European countries. Maduro alleges that Guaido is a collaborator in a US -directed plot to overthrow him.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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