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Trump Calls on Russia to Withdraw Its Troops from Venezuela

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump called on Russia to withdraw its troops from Venezuela and warned that “all options” were open for this to happen, Al-Jazeera reported Thursday.
The arrival of two Russian air force planes carrying nearly 100 Russian troops outside of Caracas on Saturday worsened the political crisis in Venezuela.
Russia and China supported President Nicolas Maduro, while the United States and most Western countries supported opposition leader Juan Guaido. In January, Guaido invoked the constitution to declare himself acting president, arguing that the re-election of Maduro in 2018 was illegitimate.
The US government says Russian troops include special forces and cyber security personnel.
“They have a lot of pressure right now, they have no money, no oil, they have nothing, they have a lot of pressure right now, they do not have electricity,” he said. Trump.
“Apart from the military, you can not get more pressure than they have … All options are open,” he added.
Russia has bilateral relations and agreements with Venezuela, which it expects to honor, Russian Ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy said in response to Trump’s comments.
“It’s not up to the United States to decide what other countries should do, it’s just the people of Venezuela and their only legitimate president, Nicolas Maduro,” Polyanskiy said on Twitter.
Maduro also announced that a high-level Venezuelan-Russian intergovernmental meeting will be held in April, adding that the parties plan to sign nearly 20 agreements in the areas of economy, energy, trade and energy. education.
The president also announced that Caracas is waiting for another delivery of humanitarian aid from Moscow.
On 22 February, the Latin American country received 7.5 tons of humanitarian cargo from Russia, including medicines, medical equipment and consumables.
Maduro, who retains control of the country’s state and military functions, said Guaido was a puppet of the United States.
Trump welcomed Guaido’s wife Fabiana Rosales, a journalist and opposition activist, to the White House on Wednesday.
Rosales told Trump that Guaido was attacked on Tuesday, although she did not provide details.
“I’m afraid for my husband’s life,” she said. She was accompanied by the wife and sister of Roberto Marrero, Guaido’s chief of staff, who was arrested and detained last week.
Earlier in the White House, Rosales met with Vice President Mike Pence and told him that power cuts and food shortages were affecting children in his country.
“They are trying to break our spirits, they want to plunge us into eternal darkness, but let me tell you there is light and the light is here,” Rosales told Pence.
She is scheduled to meet US First Lady Melania Trump in Palm Beach on Thursday during a brief stop in South Florida, home to the largest community of Venezuelan exiles in the United States.
Rosales is also expected to meet Capitol Hill politicians and members of the Venezuelan diaspora in a major Washington think tank.
Pence congratulated Rosales for his “courage”.
“Our message is very simply: we are with you,” said Pence
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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