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  • On December 11, two TU-160 bombers, an An-124 heavy military transport plane, and an II-62 long-haul plane of the Russian aerospace forces landed in Venezuela.

    On December 11, two TU-160 bombers, an An-124 heavy military transport plane, and an II-62 long-haul plane of the Russian aerospace forces landed in Venezuela. | Photo: EFE

Published 26 December 2018

Just weeks after the first group reached the Bolivarian shores, Russia believes additional protection may be necessary.

Russia may send a second military brigade to Venezuela, Russian Ambassador Vladimir Zaemski said Wednesday, citing the continued threat of intervention from U.S. forces.

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"An invasion cannot be ruled out, especially because some aggressive powers plan to overthrow the current government, but they can not achieve it only with sanctions," said Zaemski.

Just weeks after the first fleet of military planes reached the Bolivarian landing ports, the diplomat said additional protection may be necessary, although he denied all rumored plans of a Russian military base being built in the South American country.

"The permanent consolidation of relations between Russia and Venezuela is aimed at achieving concrete results in favor of regional and global stability and security, the defense of the UN Charter, as well as the norms and principles of international law," Zaemski said, calling on the international community to uphold the peace agenda.

Bilateral relations between Russia and Venezuela were forged with the purpose of fortifying the multipolar world politics and eradicating international double standards that allow foreign powers to sanctions against third-world countries.

On December 11, two TU-160 bombers, an An-124 heavy military transport plane and an II-62 long-haul plane of the Russian aerospace forces landed at the Maiquet at ‘Simon Bolivar’ International Airport of the Venezuelan capital city, Russia’s defense ministry confirmed.

The deployment did not go unnoticed by the White House as Mike Pompeo, U.S. secretary of state took a jab at both nations labeling them “corrupt” and accused them of allegedly making their people “suffer.”

The Kremlin responded to what it believes are "inappropriate" and "non-diplomatic" comments by Pompeo.

Since the Hugo Chavez administration in 2005, Venezuela has maintained a close relationship with Russia, referring to the former as a “strategic ally.”

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