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Russian troops arrive in Venezuela

Two cargo planes landed at Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas
08:02, 25 March 2019

Il-62,Russian transport aircraft
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The Russian military aircraft arrived in Venezuela. Ilyushin Il-62 and Antonov An-124 landed at Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas on Sunday. 

Dozhd, the Russian TV channel, reported that, citing journalist Javier Malorca.

'99 Russian military servicemen came to the airport; they were led by Vasiliy Tonkoshkurov, the Chief of Staff of the Ground Forces reached the airport', reads the message on the TV channel's website. 

Judging by the data of air naigation online services, the planes arrived from Syria. 

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The Russian defense ministry has not yet commented on the arrival of Russian planes to Venezuela.

Last month, spokeswoman of Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova stated that the U.S. was going to purchase a large batch of weapons “in one Eastern European state” for Venezuela, as Interfax news agency reported.

“There is information that U.S. companies and their allies in NATO work out the issue of the purchase of a large consignment of weapon and ammunition in one of the Eastern European states for next passing to the opposition forces of Venezuela”, Zakharova said.

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She emphasized that the issue is about samples and equivalents of the heavy machine guns, under-barrel and atomized grenade launchers, man-portable air-defence systems, ammunition for small arms and artillery weaponry of different purpose.

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