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Is Russia Throwing Its Lot in With Maduro?

Mar 25, 2019 | 22:00 GMT
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov looks on during a meeting with Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez (unpictured) in Moscow on March 1, 2019.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov looks on during a meeting with Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez (unpictured) in Moscow on March 1, 2019. Russia is upping the ante in Venezuela by deploying more forces to the country -- something that could throw a wrench into U.S. plans in the South American nation.

(KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia is seemingly upping the stakes in Venezuela's standoff -- for friend and foe alike to see. In a deliberately visible event, two Russian aircraft reportedly landed at Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas on March 22. One plane arrived with 100 Russian military personnel, including the chief of staff of the ground forces, Gen. Vasily Tonkonshkurov, while the other landed with 35 tons of unspecified military equipment. According to an unnamed Venezuelan military official, the Russian forces are there as part of an agreement to assist the South American country in military training and engage in cooperation....

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