Game changer in Venezuela: Russian Military Forces Arrive
Are Americas alarmed at Trump allowing Russian ‘Invasion’ of Venezuela?
An alarming build-up of Russian mercenaries and regular troops in Venezuela should raise concerns with ‘Treaty of the Americas’ signatories. But no one is talking as yet.
Russian private military contractors (mercenaries) as reported previously by FPMag have been in Venezuela for years.
According to Moscow Times:
Venezuela’s political crisis escalated on Sunday when opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president in January, called on his supporters to prepare to take power in the country.
Moscow, which backs President Nicolas Maduro’s government, has previously said it would not allow a U.S.-backed color revolution in the country.
Recently, in last week and earlier this month, additional Russian mercenary troops have arrived to help train and support the Venezuelan military.
Yevgeny Shabayev, leader of a Moscow chapter of a paramilitary group of Cossacks with ties to Russian military contractors, said he had heard the number of Russian contractors in Venezuela may be about 400.
Guides and security guards who in the past have assisted The RINJ Foundation ship goods into the rural villages of Venezuela in the North suggest that number of 400 may be triple including groups of Spanish-speaking militia troops known to either be aligned or under the command of Russian mercenaries.
On Saturday an estimated 8 dozen Russian troops arrived in the 200-passenger Ilyushin IL-62 with Vasily Tonkoshkurov, chief of staff of the Russian ground forces.
On Friday 22 March, according to Sputnik plus the Moscow Times and confirmed by flight-following web sites, an Antonov AN-124 military cargo plane left for Chkalovsky Syria on Friday and then from that Russian military airport proceeded to Caracas, Venezuela arriving 24 March. After unloading the AN-124, it left Caracas on 25 March in the afternoon.
Каракас (ВЕНЕСУЭЛА) Ан-124 Ил-62 pic.twitter.com/AXIcvNmw0w
— PROPHET (@PROPHET49449525) March 23, 2019
More Russian soldiers unload in #Venezuela to help prop up Pres. #Maduro. The Ilyushin IL-62M is used to carry military personnel and frequently flies troops from #Russia to Syria — indeed it stopped in #Syria on its way from Russia to #Caracas. pic.twitter.com/YfU2SnZacJ
— Prof. Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) March 24, 2019
Vasily Tonkoshkurov Arrives in Caracas According to Sputnik (translated)
CARACAS (Sputnik) – Two Russian planes arrived in Venezuela on March 23 with equipment and officials to honor contracts of military technical nature that are “in the process of being complied with,” said Sputnik sources at the Russian Embassy.
“Russia has several contracts that are already in compliance process, military technical contracts, and they make several flights and bring several things,” the source added.
In addition, he added that these flights “have nothing mysterious,” because they are made in the framework of contracts that have been signed years ago. Although the source did not specify how many soldiers they are or what equipment they brought, he indicated that some officials arrived to “exchange consultations”.
More: Russia will interpret the military intervention in Venezuela as an act of aggression
According to the images that circulated on the networks, two planes belonging to the Russian Air Force, an Antonov An-124 and a passenger aircraft Ilyushin Il-62, arrived on Saturday at the presidential ramp of Simón Bolívar International Airport, located in the Vargas state (north).
National media reviewed the information and specified that the aircraft were carrying 99 soldiers and 35 tons of cargo, and they were under the command of the head of the Main Command of the Russian Land Forces, Vasily Tonkoshkurov.
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