Posted on March 28, 2019
The United States has called on Russia to pull its troops from Venezuela. It comes after two Russian Air Force planes landed outside the country’s capital of Caracas on Saturday, carrying nearly 100 Russian troops. Vice President Mike Pence called on countries around the world to stop supporting President Nicolas Maduro’s regime.
He singled out Russia, saying: “The United States views Russia’s arrival of military planes this weekend as an unwelcome provocation and calls on Russia today to cease all support for the Maduro regime.”
Russia’s foreign ministry says it sent the personnel in accordance with the Venezuelan constitution and a bilateral agreement with the government there.
Mr Pence’s comments came during a meeting at the White House with Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido. President Donald Trump and Mr Pence lavished praise on Ms Rosales who has emerged as a prominent figure in her husband’s campaign. “We are with Venezuela,” said President Trump at the start of a meeting with Ms Rosales and other opposition figures. “What’s happening there should not be happening.”