The Venezuelan foreign Ministry denied reports on the request of the Caracas military help from Russia
MOSCOW, January 28 — RIA Novosti. The foreign Minister of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza in interview to TV channel RT has denied reports that President Nicolas Maduro has appealed to Moscow to request military assistance.
“It’s all rumors,” said Arreaza, answering a reporter’s question.
“Cooperation with Russia since former President (Venezuela — ed.) Hugo Chavez … has continued to deepen over the years. We think that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro managed to raise it to a new level. (Russia and Venezuela) are working in the field of economy, industry, agriculture, the financial sector, as well as in the military sphere, cooperation has always existed,” said Arreaza.
“With Russia we have established relations based on friendship, equality and mutual respect,” added Arreaza.
In addition, Arreaza has denied reports about the deployment of military bases of the Russian Federation and other countries in Venezuela, as it is prohibited by the Constitution of the country. At the same time, he noted that cooperation between Russia and Venezuela in the military sphere is of a “wide” character.
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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 Maduro. Russia’s Ambassador in Caracas Vladimir Zaemskiy in an interview with RIA Novosti denied this information, calling it “another duck”. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the message about the presence of Russian military in Venezuela is not true.
Last week in Caracas, mass protests began against current President 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.