Over the weekend, Moscow sent military aid to Venezuela to support President Nicolas Maduro. On Tuesday, the South American country faced its second blackout
Russian jets arrived at an airport near Venezuelan capital of Caracas on the weekend. Meant for extending military support to President Nicolas Maduro’s regime, the planes comprised 100 Russian soldiers and 35 tons of equipment.
Soon after the arrival of Russian military aid, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo warned Moscow. He asserted that the United States would not “stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions.”
On Tuesday, Maria Zakharova, a Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said, “Developing cooperation with Venezuela is in strict accordance with the Constitution of that country and with full respect for its legal norms.”
She further highlighted that “the presence of Russian specialists on Venezuelan territory is regulated by an agreement between the Russian and Venezuelan governments on military and technical cooperation that was signed in May 2001”.
The United States and European Union have previously extended support to Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido. Washington recognises the young political leader as the interim President of Venezuela.
While Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov has accused the United States of planning “a coup d’etat,” Spokesperson Zakharova confirmed continual of “mutually beneficial cooperation” with Venezuela.
Tuesday also marked a second blackout for the people of Venezuela. Beginning in the second half of Monday, the outage soon took over all 23 states of the nation.
A frustrated Venezuelan citizen told the media, “Venezuela doesn’t stand a chance anymore, there is no life here. People can’t work anymore. We can’t do anything.”