US, Russia locked in battle amid crisis in Venezuela. Is it new Cuba?

Venezuela is going through crisis period and US is locked in a battle with Russia for influence on the Latin American nation.

Washington accused Moscow of aggravating political tensions in Venezuela while Kremlin continues claiming White House has been trying orchestrating a coup in Venezuela.

Very lately two Russian military planes landed near Caracas and it is speculated Moscow wants to bolster its presence in Venezuela.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo escalated the crisis through a telephonic discussion with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

He said, “(The US) will not stand idly by as Russia exaccerbates tensions in Venezuela… The continued insertion of Russian military personnel to support the illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro.”

The Russia’s Lavrov said the attempts of staging a coup was a violation of the UN Charter.

Meanwhile, Russia has sought to improve diplomatic relations with the South American country lately when ties of Venezuela and US have dramatically deteriorated.

A Venezuelan journalist Javier Mayorca tweeted Saturday had seen a Russian air force Antonov AN-124 cargo plane along with a smaller jet near Caracas.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido self-declared himself as interim president of Venezuela and he is being backed by about fifty countries.

US too has recognized Guaido as legitimate leader, building pressure on president Nicolas Maduro to step down.

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