Two Russian air force planes landed at Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100 troops, according to media reports, amid strengthening ties between Caracas and Moscow.

A flight-tracking website showed that two planes left from a Russian military airport bound for Caracas on Friday, and another flight-tracking site showed that one plane left Caracas on Sunday.

That comes three months after the two nations held military exercises on Venezuelan soil that President Nicolas Maduro called a sign of strengthening relations, but which Washington criticized as Russian encroachment in the region.

Reporter Javier Mayorca wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the first plane carried Vasily Tonkoshkurov, chief of staff of the ground forces, adding the second was a cargo plane carrying 35 tonnes of material.

An Ilyushin IL-62 passenger jet and an Antonov AN-124 military cargo plane left for Caracas on Friday from Russian military airport Chkalovsky, stopping along the way in Syria, according to flight-tracking website Flightradar24.

The cargo plane left Caracas on Sunday afternoon, according to Adsbexchange, another flight-tracking site.

The flights carried officials who arrived to “exchange consultations,” wrote Russian government-owned news agency Sputnik, which quoted an unnamed source at the Russian embassy.

“Russia has various contracts that are in the process of being fulfilled, contracts of a technical military character,” Sputnik quoted the source as saying.

A Reuters witness saw what appeared to be the passenger jet at the Maiquetia airport on Sunday.

Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Russia’s Defense Ministry and Foreign Ministry did not reply to messages seeking comment. The Kremlin spokesman also did not reply to a request for comment.

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The Trump administration has levied crippling sanctions on the OPEC nation’s oil industry in efforts to push Maduro from power and has called on Venezuelan military leaders to abandon him. Maduro has denounced the sanctions as U.S. interventionism and has won diplomatic backing from Russia and China.

In December, two Russian strategic bomber aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons landed in Venezuela in a show of support for Maduro’s socialist government that infuriated Washington.

Maduro on Wednesday said Russia would send medicine “next week” to Venezuela, without describing how it would arrive, adding that Moscow in February had sent some 300 tonnes of humanitarian aid.

Venezuela in February had blocked a convoy carrying humanitarian aid for the crisis-stricken country that was coordinated with the team of opposition leader Juan Guaido, including supplies provided by the United States, from entering via the border with Colombia.

 

Source: Reuters

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Ah, it’s clear that with US now having bases in Poland, Romania, Baltic states, it makes sense if Russia considers navy+air bases in Venezuela and re-considers facilities in Cuba too.

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Ecuador, El-Salvador, Nicaragua and Bolivia being not really pro-US too, well, seems the way to go to snub US sanctions while extending Russia’s influence. That’s what I would do was I Putin.

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I’d also stop exporting titanium to USA since it would sink Boeing while favouring Airbus…

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Also Chinese should start building some bases in south and central Americas too for even bigger pressure on US…

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It makes no pressure on US, this is for the public’s entertainment. In fact, Russian presence will stabilise the country and this will push CIA out, thus sparing many millions USD.

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Look, even the CIA advises its personnel to read Chalmers Johnson’s “Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope” http://tinyurl.com/yxn5vu8g

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As I pointed : if Putin wanted to really pi$$ off USA, he’d just need to embargo titanium, Boeing would need to replace by a heavier metal, planes would…

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need more powerful engines or to get Ti from other more expensive sources, prices+cost of use will rise, Boeing civilian branch (90% of the production) will sink.

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806 commercial aircraft, 96 military aircraft, 2 satellites produced in 2018, $101B revenue, $117B assets, 153k employees, becoming no more competitive against Airbus.

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And don’t worry, the Russians know they can do it 😉
Mark my words : Trump is even happy if Russia opens some bases in some areas :

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USA won’t have to do the police here, as the French have enough to be the cops for Africa, but look at what happened after we closed our bases…

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Qatar, Turkey, Iran invested in jihadists… Idiots are talking about imperialism, but, in fact, governments ASK the west to build such bases!

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Yanks totally pulled out from Iraq in 2011, we know what followed : vacuum of power was soon filled. Yanks have energy independence since 2011…

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Do you think they like the Mid-East? NOBODY LIKES THE MID EAST! The only country any westerner could like to live in is Israel! Lebanon was nice…

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before Arafat settled, Egypt was nice before Nasser. This is over. Pan-Arabism and neo-Islamism made the ME a place even locals dream of leaving.

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An (anonymous) poll has been held all around the ME asking ppl in which ME country they would chose to live in if they could and why.

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80% answered Israel and as main reason… Freedom!

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Levelling the playing field. Russian presence in Latin America will curb the US free reign in pressuring Russian borders.
It also gives Latin American countries a choice of ally they haven’t had in a very long time.