Moscow ready to send more military specialists to Venezuela if needed
Russia is ready to send more military specialists to Venezuela if needed, Russia's foreign ministry said on Friday, according to state news agency RIA.
Another state news agency, TASS, quoted the ministry as saying Russia did not rule out increasing the number of its military personnel in Venezuela.
"We have got contracts on maintenance works for what has been supplied to Venezuela. Any works demand a certain involvement of people. If more [specialists] are needed, we will send them," said Alexander Shchetinin, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Latin American Department.
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"This is an absolutely technical issue related to implementing certain contracts on a particular volume of work," the diplomat said, noting that more specialists could arrive if needed. "Some of them will leave and the others will come," he told reporters on Friday on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
In late March, Moscow sent two military planes carrying nearly a hundred Russian special forces and cybersecurity personnel to Caracas to fulfill technical military contracts reached between the two countries.
(With input from Reuters)
(Cover: Russian troops rehearse before the World War II anniversary in Moscow, Russia, May 7, 2019. /VCG Photo)