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The U.S. government criticized the military cooperation of the Venezuelan heads of state, Nicolás Maduro, with Russia increasingly vehement and threatening Moscow with sanctions. The National security Advisor of US President, Donald Trump, John Bolton, will be sentenced on Friday, the military support of Russia for Maduro and warned other States not to send military forces or equipment in the South American country. "We will consider such acts of provocation as a direct threat to international peace and security in the Region," said Bolton.

The U.S. special representative for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, said the United States would have a number of options to counter Russia's involvement in Venezuela. This also includes possible sanctions. Russia was unimpressed.

In the internal political power struggle in Caracas, Russia's support for Maduro. In contrast, Washington, like dozens of other States, on the side of the self-appointed interim President, Juan Guaidó.

last weekend, two Russian machines were landed with 99 soldiers in Venezuela - what the Americans view as a provocation. There are also on other levels of military cooperation between Moscow and Caracas. Venezuela is the largest consumer of Russian weapons in Latin America.

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in recent days, the US had criticized the government of Russia support for Maduro and the deployment of military forces and equipment in the Land of sharp and vague, with consequences threatened. From the U.S. state Department said on Monday that they will not stand idly by, as Russia tensions in Venezuela increasing. On Wednesday, Trump himself called on Russia, from Venezuela to withdraw. "Russia must get out," he said.

On Friday the White house to put. The US Administration condemn Maduro's continuing use of foreign military forces to keep themselves in Power, said Bolton. This includes the import of military forces and equipment from Russia. Maduro will use the military support to the Venezuelan people, press more. Bolton warned actors beyond the American continent prior to this, Maduro's leadership of the military to assist. Such provocative actions would be understood as a threat to international peace and security in the Region.

On the question of what the US government against the Russian approach to business, said Abrams: "We have a list of options." There are possibilities on the diplomatic level, but also at the economic level - on penalties. Concrete, he was not. Abrams but stressed: "It would be a mistake, if the Russians would believe, you would have a free Hand. You don't have.“ Abrams said the number of Russian soldiers in Venezuela, although large, but their potential influence is considerable. Their presence was in any way useful to the local population.

Russia has rejected the accusations of the Americans already in the past few days, and Washington in turn accused of organizing a coup, for a change of power in Venezuela and inadmissible in the internal Affairs of the state to interfere. Moscow refers to an existing agreement of military-technical cooperation with Venezuela.

On Friday called on Russia, the United States again, not in the internal Affairs of Venezuela, to interfere. Washington had no right, other States impose, with whom they work together, said prominent foreign policy makers in Moscow. President Vladimir Putin had not shown, according to Kremlin information previously in the National security Council, concerned that such Statements have stopped.

The Americans have been trying for weeks to push Maduro to retreat - with the help of a whole series of sanctions. Abrams complained that Maduro's Regime attempts to circumvent these sanctions and to win new customers for its Oil. The US government is watching this carefully, talk to potential customers in a targeted and you call for to do business with the Venezuelan leadership.

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