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Russia will not to withdraw military specialists from Venezuela

Moscow recognizes only the President Nicolas Maduro

Photo: AP

/NOVOSTIVL/ The Kremlin on Thursday rejected U.S. calls for Moscow to withdraw its military specialists from Venezuela, saying they are there to honor obligations under previous arms contracts. This article appeared in the AP News.

Asked to comment on Washington’s demand for Moscow to pull out its personnel and halt other assistance to embattled President Nicolas Maduro, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov snapped that “our bilateral relations isn’t something that should concern third countries.”

The U.S. and several dozen other nations have recognized Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president, while Russia and China have staunchly backed Maduro.

Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russia had sent military help to Venezuela under a bilateral agreement — but neither Zakharova nor Peskov provided any numbers or details on their mission.

Zahkarova questioned the grounds for U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s demands Wednesday for their withdrawal.