Two Russian military planes landed Caracas with troops, equipment

Two Russian military planes carrying troops and equipment landed in Venezuela’s main airport near Caracas on Saturday and Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported those were to “fulfil technical military contracts.”

Venezuelan journalist Javier Mayorca tweeted about 100 troops and 35 tonnes of equipment were unloaded from the two Russian planes, one air force Antonov-124 cargo and another a smaller jet plane. Russian General Vasily Tonkoshkurov is learned to have led troops off from one of the planes.

Russia has been an ally of Venezuela. The country has lent billions of dollars in past and backed the Venezuelan oil industry too. It opposed the US sanctions to the government of Nicolás Maduro. Late last year Russia sent two air force jets to Venezuela as part of a military exercise.

Photos circulated on social media reveals troops gathered at the airport and a military plane holding a Russian flag.

Lately relationships between the two nations have strengthened amid worsening ties between United States and Venezuela after opposition leader Juan Guaido self-declared himself as legitimate leader.

Guaid is being recognized by US and several other foreign powers as interim president of Venezuela and Russia has condemned the move.

President Nicolas Maduro accused Guaidó of trying to mount a coup against his government with US backing.

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