Major Russian defense contractor pulling support from Venezuela

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 9:27 AM PT — Monday, June 3, 2019

Russia is withdrawing key defense advisers from Venezuela in what appears to be a major blow to Nicolas Maduro.

Russian state defense contractor Rostec, which has trained Venezuelan troops and advised its military officials, is reportedly cutting its staff from the country.

This comes amid a major power struggle in Venezuela as interim President Juan Guido continues to fight for an uprising, which Russia has long opposed.

Venezuela’s opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido looks out at supporters during a rally in Barinas, Venezuela, Saturday, June 1, 2019. Guaido is taking his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro to the birthplace of Hugo Chavez, the socialist leaders’s mentor. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

“One can not resolve a conflict with such threats. Threats of such manner antagonize the society and create illusion for opposition of them being able to be carried into power by someone else, unlawfully. Of course we can not support it.”

— Sergei Lavrov, Foreign Minister – Russia

While Russia stands by its position against any uprising, reports say its government is withdrawing advisers because of Maduro’s inability to pay them for their efforts.

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