Peskov denied reports about the presence of Russian military in Venezuela
VLADIVOSTOK, January 27 — RIA Novosti. Messages about the presence of Russian military in Venezuela is not true, said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov on air of the program “Moscow. The Kremlin. Putin” on TV channel “Russia 1”.
“Fear has big eyes. No, of course not,” said Sands, answering the question “so our 400 soldiers guarding Maduro in Venezuela or not?”.
Earlier, Reuters, citing anonymous sources and Cossack ataman Evgeny Shabayev has told that employees of the Russian “private military company” went to Venezuela to support President Nicolas Maduro. Russia’s Ambassador in Caracas Vladimir Zaemskiy in an interview with RIA Novosti denied this information, calling it “another duck”.
On Wednesday in Caracas, mass protests began against current President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro. The speaker of Parliament Joan Guido on the same day, declared himself interim head of state the validity period of the provisional government. The United States and several other countries announced the recognition of Guido and demanded that Venezuelan President Maduro, whose election they do not consider legitimate, to prevent military action against the opposition.
Russia has supported Maduro as the legitimate President of Venezuela. In addition, Moscow has expressed readiness to become a mediator in improving relations between the authorities and the opposition in Venezuela, if such efforts will be required.