Russia has confirmed it has a military presence in Venezuela but said it is in accordance with the military-technical cooperation and bilateral intergovernmental agreement both countries comply with. It said the forces would remain deployed for as long as the government in Venezuela would need them.
Russia also stated its deployment of forces in Venezuela does not violate any international law and should not have any impact on the balance of power in the region. Russia continues to support the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro while the US along with 50 other countries have recognized Juan Guaido, the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly as the interim president of the country.
Russia also maintained it is the right of the Venezuelans to decide their own political future and expects other countries to toe a similar line. The US though has been sceptical of Russia’s intent in the region and has warned the country to stay clear of Venezuela.
Russia didn’t provide any details, but reports claim it’s a small contingent of troops and equipment that arrived in the North American country in two planes.