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Russia opens training helicopter center in Venezuela

Source : 112 Ukraine

Rostekh corporation states that the center's specialists are 'supposed to teach Venezuelan pilots to manage Russian gunships'
08:48, 3 April 2019

RF Ministry of Defense

Russia's Rostekh corporation claimed to have opened a training helicopter center in Venezuela - in addition to the previously deployed manpower and aircraft.

Accordign to Reuters, the facility was opened last Thursday - 'the same day as the White House warned Moscow and other countries backing Maduro against sending troops and military equipment, saying the United States would view such actions as a “direct threat” to the region’s security'.

Rostekh states that the center's specialists are 'supposed to teach Venezuelan pilots to manage Russian gunships'.

Related: Venezuelan MPs to demand that Russia take its troops away

The center's actrual location has not been disclosed.

Earlier, we reported that 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. 

Related: Russian troops arrive in Venezuela

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