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Russia: Moscow 'not threatening anyone' by sending troops to Venezuela - Zakharova02:45

Russia: Moscow 'not threatening anyone' by sending troops to Venezuela - Zakharova

Russian Federation, Moscow
March 28, 2019 at 12:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that the arrival of Russian soldiers in Venezuela is not a threat against anyone, speaking in her weekly briefing in Moscow on Thursday.

"Russian personnel arrived in Venezuela under the bilateral intergovernmental agreement on military and technical cooperation," Zakharova said, adding that "Russia is not changing the balance of forces in the region."

The spokesperson added that the presence of Russian personnel in Venezuela will last "as long as needed, as long as the government of Venezuela needs it. This is all done on the basis of bilateral agreements."

Zakharova also accused the Netherlands for giving the US "a carte blanche" to use its former colony, the Caribbean island nation Curacao, "as a springboard for aggressive intervention in Venezuelan affairs under the guise of humanitarian slogans."

"We hope that the authorities of Curaçao will not allow the use of the island's territory as a reference point for another Western adventure, which could seriously destabilise the situation in the region," the spokesperson concluded.

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Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that the arrival of Russian soldiers in Venezuela is not a threat against anyone, speaking in her weekly briefing in Moscow on Thursday.

"Russian personnel arrived in Venezuela under the bilateral intergovernmental agreement on military and technical cooperation," Zakharova said, adding that "Russia is not changing the balance of forces in the region."

The spokesperson added that the presence of Russian personnel in Venezuela will last "as long as needed, as long as the government of Venezuela needs it. This is all done on the basis of bilateral agreements."

Zakharova also accused the Netherlands for giving the US "a carte blanche" to use its former colony, the Caribbean island nation Curacao, "as a springboard for aggressive intervention in Venezuelan affairs under the guise of humanitarian slogans."

"We hope that the authorities of Curaçao will not allow the use of the island's territory as a reference point for another Western adventure, which could seriously destabilise the situation in the region," the spokesperson concluded.

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