MOSCOW (Reuters) – Venezuela's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivan Gil said on Thursday that he did not rule out that several Russian military personnel might arrive in Venezuela under agreements already concluded with Russia, Interfax news agency reported.
The Deputy Minister also said that Russian forces will remain in Venezuela for as long as necessary and that there is no set period for their stay.
"The group of military specialists is (in Venezuela) in connection with our military-technical cooperation agreements and contracts," says Interfax, Gil.
Earlier, the Kremlin said Russian military specialists are in Venezuela to service already existing Russian arms supply contracts.
Last week, the US Special Representative for Venezuela said that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has a list of options, including sanctions that Washington could use to respond to the presence of Russian troops in Venezuela.
Reporting by Maxim RodionovWriting by Polina Nikolskaya, Editing by William Maclean