Russia denied the alleged plans to create military bases in Venezuela. The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakhárova, said on Thursday that this is the first time she has heard about it and said that she has not “seen any discussion” between the two countries on this matter. The spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry specified that the legal regulations of the South American country do not allow the creation and installation of any military base from any country.
With regard to the statements issued by the President of the United States (USA), Donald Trump, asking that Russia leave Venezuela, considered that they have no moral or legal justifications. In addition, cataloged such request as “hard headed”.
In earlier statements, Zakhárova said that neither Russia nor Venezuela are American provinces, so it does not have the right to dictate to them how they should conduct their relations. The spokeswoman said that the government of President Trump, has an “arrogant” attitude for wanting to dictate to two sovereign States how they should build their bilateral ties.
Zakhárova said that Russian specialists are in Venezuelan territory in accordance with the treaty signed in 2001 of technical-military collaboration between the two nations.
China also weighs in
These statements were also rejected by China. The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Geng Shuang, said that “Latin America does not belong to any country and is not anyone’s backyard,” a criticism he shared with his Russian colleague.
Zakhárova confirmed that the Government of Russian President Vladimir Putin will continue to “provide assistance to the legitimate Government of this (South American) country for the stabilization of the internal political situation and the solution of the social and economic crisis.”
Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Geng Shuang, made statements similar to his Russian colleague by stating that “Latin America does not belong to any country and is not anyone’s backyard,” he also criticized the policy of intervention implemented by Washington against Venezuela.
Translated by JRE/EF