The crisis in Venezuela seems to be developing in a way, which has not been expected by the US and its proxies. The Maduro government has not been overthrown. Furthermore, it’s actively working to crack down on the US-backed regime change network working in Venezuela.
On March 23rd, a Russian military delegation arrived in Venezuela.
Hoy llegaron al aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetía estos dos aviones de la Fuerza Aerea rusa.
1 Ilyushin Il-62M
1 Antomov 124
Fotos: cortesía pic.twitter.com/w7hgQhyivr
— Federico Black B. (@FedericoBlackB) March 23, 2019
The IL-62M and the Antomov 124 landed at Maiquetía International Airport.
Mayorca tweeted regarding the arrival:
ULTIMA HORA Esta tarde llegó al aeropuerto de Maiquetía una comitiva de 99 militares rusos, al mando del ministro de la Defensa del país mayor gral Vasilly Tonkoshkurov. Fueron recibidos en rampa presidencial por la VA Marianny Mata,dir Asuntos Internacionales e Integración(1/2)
— Javier I. Mayorca (@javiermayorca) March 24, 2019
“This Afternoon [March 23rd] a retinue of 99 Russian soldiers arrived at the airport of Maiquetía, under the command of the chief of staff of the ground forces General Vasilly Tonkoshkurov. They were received on presidential ramp by Rear Admiral Marianny Mata, Director of International Affairs and Integration of the Venezuelan Army (1/2)
Immediately thereafter (2pm) A Russian freighter arrived at the same terminal with 35 tonnes of materials, belonging to the contingent that had just landed. In The reception entourage was also staff of the Russian Embassy and the Commander of the Operation Zone of Integral Defense 61 Delta Amacuro. Edgar Colina Reyes”
Flightradar24.com also showed that wo planes left from a Russian military airport bound for Caracas on March 22nd, and another flight-tracking site showed that one plane left Caracas on March 24th.
Sputnik cited an anonymous diplomatic source in Caracas, according to who a group of Russian military personnel have arrived in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas to take part in consultations with country’s officials on defence industry cooperation.
“[The Russian military personnel] has arrived to take part in bilateral consultations,” the source said. “Russia [and Venezuela] have a number of contracts, which are being implemented, including contracts on military and technical cooperation.”
Maduro on March 20th said Russia would send medicine “next week” to Venezuela, without describing how it would arrive, adding that Moscow in February had sent some 300 tonnes of humanitarian aid.
Meanwhile, satellite imagery showed that the Venezuelan military deployed more Russian S-300 missile defense systems at an airbase south of Caracas.
#Followup: #Venezuela has put the #S300 into #operational readiness, after conducting drills in February 2019 (as reported previously by #ISI).#Colombia #intelligence #Satellite #military #defence #defense #MaduroRegime #Update #imagery pic.twitter.com/JerkoIcozn
— ImageSat Intl. (@ImageSatIntl) March 24, 2019
All of these come ahead of an expected crackdown on the US-backed opposition in Venezuela.
On March 23rd, Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez claimed the head of that supposed network was Guaidó’s political mentor, Leopoldo López. He accused the group of recruiting Central American mercenaries to carry out attacks on the political and military leaders of Maduro’s “Bolivarian revolution.”
This took place two days after the arrest of Guaido’s chief of staff Roberto Marrero and other members of a “terrorist cell” accused of organizing an assassination plot on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Also on March 23rd, Maduro said that “in the coming days, we will certainly see more terrorists captured – whatever their names might be. There will be justice in Venezuela. We will not shy away from sending these crooks to jail – one by one – sooner rather than later … We have their names. We know their faces.”
“The Bolivarian revolution will continue to lead the government and the people will continue to lead the motherland. There will be no empire, no puppets, no clowns and no parasites who can go against the will of the people of Venezuela,” Maduro said during his address, who is also supported by China and Turkey, in addition to Russia.
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) March 23, 2019
A pro-Maduro outlet, the Ultimas Noticias on March 24th had a headline hinting at a possible arrest of US-Proclaimed President Juan Guaido.
— Últimas Noticias (@UNoticias) March 24, 2019
“Guaidó brought in assassins to commit acts of terror,” the headline read.
The US continues to maintain that any moves against Juan Guaido would warrant a “significant” response by the White House, which could possibly be the reason of the placement of even more S-300s as well as the visit by the Russian military delegation.
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