An unnamed Venezuelan official and flight-tracking software has confirmed that Russian aircraft arrived in Caracas this weekend, as part of ‘ongoing military cooperation.’
Fox News reported that the “official said Sunday that Russian military officials are visiting to discuss equipment maintenance and training, and strategy. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.”
Flightradar24, a flight-tracking site, showed the flight path on Saturday of an air force plane from Russia.
Such a move seems at minimum provocative to the U.S.
“Javier Mayorca, a Venezuelan journalist, tweeted that a Russian cargo plane with military equipment also arrived in Caracas on Saturday.”
Russia backs Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who has rejected demands from the United States and dozens of other countries that he resign.
Reuters reported that the tracking site showed two aircraft on Saturday and one other on Sunday.
The outlet continued:
That comes three months after the two nations held military exercises on Venezuelan soil that President Nicolas Maduro called a sign of strengthening relations, but which Washington criticized as Russian encroachment in the region.
Reporter Javier Mayorca wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the first plane carried Vasily Tonkoshkurov, chief of staff of the ground forces, adding the second was a cargo plane carrying 35 tonnes of material.
An Ilyushin IL-62 passenger jet and an Antonov AN-124 military cargo plane left for Caracas on Friday from Russian military airport Chkalovsky, stopping along the way in Syria, according to flight-tracking website Flightradar24.
The cargo plane left Caracas on Sunday afternoon, according to Adsbexchange, another flight-tracking site.
The flights carried officials who arrived to “exchange consultations,” wrote Russian government-owned news agency Sputnik, which quoted an unnamed source at the Russian embassy.
“Russia has various contracts that 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 at the Maiquetia airport on Sunday.
Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Russia’s Defense Ministry and Foreign Ministry did not reply to messages seeking comment. The Kremlin spokesman also did not reply to a request for comment.
President Trump’s administration has leveled sanctions against the nation’s oil industry in order to help the poor, starving people.
The socialist nation is like a giant Los Angeles: very few elite rich and masses of starving homeless.
Maduro is a dictator, continuing to hold power through force, and has won backing from both Russia and China.
In December, two Russian strategic bombers capable of carrying nuclear payloads landed in Venezuela to support Maduro’s socialist hell.
Meanwhile, the people starve and live in squalor.