Two Russian Air Force planes landed at Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defense officer and nearly 100 soldiers, according to the media accounts, amid strengthening ties between Caracas and Moscow. A flight tracking web site showed that there were two planes left out of a Russian army Airport bound for Caracas on Friday, and another flight monitoring site showed that one plane left Caracas on Sunday. This includes 3 Months after the two countries military exercises took place in the Venezuelan territory that President Nicolas Maduro known as an indication of strengthening relations, but that Washington criticized as a Russian encroachment in the region.
Reporter Javier Mayorca wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the initial plane carried Vasily Tonkoshkurov, chief of personnel of the ground forces, adding the second was a cargo plane carrying 35 tonnes of material. An Ilyushin IL-62 passenger jet and Antonov AN-124 army cargo plane left for Caracas on Friday from Russian army airport Chkalovsky, stopping on way in Syria, based on flight tracking site Flightradar24. The cargo plane left Caracas on Sunday mid-day, According to Adsbexchange, another flight monitoring site. The flights carried officials that came to swap consultations, wrote Russian authorities owned news service Sputnik, which quoted an unnamed source in the Russian embassy.
Russia has various contracts which are in the process of being fulfilled, contracts of a technical military character, Sputnik quoted the source as saying. A Reuters witness saw what appeared to be the passenger jet in the Maiquetia airport on Sunday. Venezuela’s Information Ministry didn’t immediately respond to request for comment. Russia’s Defense Ministry and Foreign Ministry didn’t respond to messages seeking comment. The Kremlin spokesman also didn’t respond to request for comment. The Trump government has imposed crippling sanctions on the oil industry of the OPEC nation in attempts to push Maduro from power and has called on Venezuelan military leaders to abandon him.
Maduro has denounced the sanctions as US interventionism and has won diplomatic backing from Russia and China. In December, two Russian tactical bomber airplane capable of carrying atomic weapons landed in Venezuela in a show of support to get Maduro’s socialist government that infuriated Washington. Maduro on Wednesday said Russia would ship medication next week in Venezuela, without describing how it’d arrive, adding that Moscow is in Feb had sent some 300 tonnes of humanitarian help. Venezuela in Feb has blocked a convoy carrying humanitarian aid for the crcrisis-strickenountry which was coordinated with the group Of resistance leader Juan Guaido, such as supplies supplied by the USA, from entering through the border with Colombia.