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Russian troops in Venezuela violates constitution: Guaido

Russian troops in Venezuela violates constitution: GuaidoVenezuelan opposition leader Juan Guiado charged Tuesday that the deployment of Russian troops in the troubled South American country violates its constitution. Guaido, who is recognized by the US and more than 50 countries as Venezuela’s interim president, raised the issue in a speech to the National Assembly, which he heads. “It seems (the government of President Nicolas Maduro) doesn’t trust its own troops, because it is importing others … once again violating the constitution,” he said.



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GOP turns fury on Schiff over Russian collusion claims

GOP turns fury on Schiff over Russian collusion claimsWASHINGTON (AP) — "Damning evidence" of collusion with Russia. "More than circumstantial." A scandal of a size "beyond Watergate."



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Russian military planes deliver troops and cargo to Venezuela: Sputnik

Russian military planes deliver troops and cargo to Venezuela: SputnikTwo Russian military planes delivered troops and equipment to Venezuela over the weekend, Russian state news agency Sputnik reported Sunday. “Two Russian planes arrived in Venezuela on Saturday with equipment and personnel to fulfill technical military contracts,” the agency reported on the Spanish-language version of its website. It gave no other details but quoted an unnamed official from the Russian embassy in Caracas saying “there is nothing mysterious” about the flights.



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Russian military aircraft land in Venezuela

Russian military aircraft land in VenezuelaTwo Russian aircraft carrying military officials arrived in Venezuela over the weekend as part of the ongoing military cooperation between the two countries, Russian media has reported. A diplomatic source told RIA Novosti that Russia and Venezuela have a number of ongoing contracts signed a few years ago, including ones in technical military cooperation, and the military personnel arrived to take part in bilateral consultations. “There is nothing mysterious” about the visit, the unnamed source was quoted as saying. According to popular flight-tracking website Flightradar24, Russian Ilyushin IL-62 passenger jet and Antonov AN-124 military cargo plane left on Friday from Russian military airport Chkalovsky, stopping on its way in Syria before landing in Caracas. Javier Mayorca, a Venezuelan journalist, wrote on Twitter on Saturday that about 100 troops and 35 tonnes of cargo was offloaded from the Russian planes, one of which was carrying chief of staff of the ground forces, Vasily Tonkoshkurov. The two planes with Russian flags and a group of men in military uniform were photographed at the airport. The Russian Defense Ministry has not commented on the reports. The planes arrive three months after the two long-time allies held joint military exercises in Venezuela. Moscow and Caracas have strengthened ties in recent months as the Kremlin continues to support President Nicolás Maduro and criticizes Western nations for backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who declared himself interim president in January. Last week, US and Russian officials held talks on Venezuela’s crisis which ended with the two sides failing to narrow their positions.  Russian officials say they are concerned that Washington is considering a military solution in Venezuela. While the US continues to impose sanctions against the oil-rich country, President Maduro’s government is becoming more and more dependent on its few remaining supporters – Russia and China. Venezuelan senior officials have come frequent visitors in Moscow, and this month Venezuela announced its plan to move state oil company PDVSA’s office to Moscow from Lisbon. Mr Maduro on Wednesday said Russia was planning to send medical aid this week. He said that last month Moscow had sent some 300 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Venezuela, which has been experiencing severe shortages of food.



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US will not 'stand idly' on Russian role in Venezuela: Pompeo

US will not 'stand idly' on Russian role in Venezuela: PompeoSecretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia Monday the United States will not “stand idly by” as Moscow inserts military personnel into Venezuela to support the regime of President Nicolas Maduro. In a phone call with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Pompeo denounced the growing Russian military reinforcements as prolonging the political crisis in the South American country.



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Russian lawmaker proposes 'reset' in U.S. ties after Mueller report

Russian lawmaker proposes 'reset' in U.S. ties after Mueller reportMoscow would be happy to mend ties with Washington after a report by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, a senior Russian lawmaker said on Monday. Mueller found no evidence of collusion but left unresolved the issue of whether Trump obstructed justice by undermining the investigations that have dogged his presidency. “In any case, there is an opportunity to reset a lot in our relations but it is still a question as to whether Trump would risk that.



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Russian and U.S. diplomats to hold Venezuela talks in Italy this week

Russian and U.S. diplomats to hold Venezuela talks in Italy this weekUnited States Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov are due to meet in Rome this week to discuss the situation in Venezuela, diplomats from the two countries said. Venezuela, a close ally of Moscow, is in political turmoil. The United States and many other Western countries back Juan Guaido, head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly who invoked the constitution in January to assume an interim presidency, while Russia says President Nicolas Maduro remains the country’s only legitimate leader.



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U.S. Sanctions Russian Bank for Supporting Venezuela's PDVSA

U.S. Sanctions Russian Bank for Supporting Venezuela's PDVSAEvrofinance Mosnarbank was placed on the U.S. sanctions list on Monday, according to a Treasury Department notice, for supporting Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA. “This action demonstrates that the United States will take action against foreign financial institutions that sustain the illegitimate Maduro regime and contribute to the economic collapse and humanitarian crisis plaguing the people of Venezuela,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.



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Erdogan determined to go ahead with Russian missile deal

Erdogan determined to go ahead with Russian missile dealTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday it was “out of the question” to reconsider a controversial deal to buy a top-line Russian anti-missile system and he might even look at other purchases. The United States, a long-standing NATO ally and supplier of much of Turkey’s military equipment, has pressed Ankara to drop the S-400 deal, saying it is incompatible with its established weapon systems and is part of Russian efforts to muddy the waters in a key, volatile region. “As for the S-400, the deal is done and it is out of the question to go backwards… and perhaps after the S-400, we will move onto the S-500,” Erdogan told Kanal 24 television.



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Megaphones and more: Mueller details Russian U.S. election meddling

Megaphones and more: Mueller details Russian U.S. election meddlingWhile Mueller has yet to submit to U.S. Attorney General William Barr a final report on his investigation into Russia’s role in the election, the former FBI director already has provided a sweeping account in a pair of indictments that charged 25 Russian individuals and three Russian companies. Key questions still to be answered are whether Mueller will conclude that Trump’s campaign conspired with Moscow and whether Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe. Russia has denied election interference.



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