Days after Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded that Russia "cease its unconstructive behavior" by landing a transport plane full of Russian troops in Caracas last Saturday, the Kremlin has responded - essentially telling Washington to pound sand - and that their troops will remain in Venezuela "for as long as needed" according to the Independent.
In the latest indication the crisis in Venezuela is taking on elements of a proxy battle between the former Cold War rivals, a spokeswoman for Russia's foreign ministry said the troops had been dispatched to fulfil "military contracts".
"They are involved in the implementation of agreements in the sphere of military and technical cooperation," said Maria Zakharova, according to the AFP, adding that the troops would stay there "for as long as needed".
"Russia is not changing the balance of power in the region, Russia is not threatening anyone," she said. -Independent