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WAR Venezuela Regime Change - Electric Power Restored To Some Areas, Maduro Holding Military Exercises
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    #Russia's state TV: Sergey Markov, a member of Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, says that Trump's recognition of #Venezuela's new President means that there is no longer such a thing as international law & therefore Russia should now pick the next President of #Ukraine.©️

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repairman-Jack View Post
    Hmmm might end up with a "proxy war" a little closer to home this time.
    this is going world wide too many areas fraying at once, countries are taking sides. yep this is getting ripe like a banana peel.

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    The "idea" that eventually the people would get tired of "this guy" (or one like him from the same group) and overthrow them gets kind of old after 20 years of waiting.

    Instead, people had given up and were just walking away; the neighbors (currently in favor with the US) are screaming to "do something" (like payback for all those decades Venezuela treated desperate Colombian "refugees" like pond scum or add the Venezuelan side of the Amazon to Brazil for exploitation?)

    I said from the first that "plan B" is probably to let Brazil and Colombia be the "official" combatants but with heavy US support and if the US really does leave diplomats there as sitting ducks probably some first hand US Military help (at least Marines and some special forces).

    What several US Administrations conservative to very "liberal" forgot was that historically if you grind people down too far they don't revolt, they flee.

    The Irish didn't revolt DURING The potato famine, the fled by the millions as far from Ireland as they could get; instead they rebelled about 80 years later when things had vastly improved (from starvation) and the population was somewhat more highly educated.

    But people REMEMBERED; houses like ours or the castle we rented our first year were left alone because they had FED people during the famine; "big" houses where the land-lords had starved their population or "put them out on the road to die" had their homes burned to the ground.

    The Colombians and the Brazilians also remember; this is getting worse by the moment - Russia's threat to "pick the President of the Ukraine" is a double-message since by all accounts the US picked the last one.
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    US requests UN Security Council meeting on Venezuela
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilbitsnana View Post
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    US requests UN Security Council meeting on Venezuela
    #Venezuela

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    #BREAKING US has requested 9am Saturday meeting of UN Security Council on Venezuela
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    U.S national security advisor John Bolton says the U.S is focusing on “disconnecting the illegitimate Maduro regime from the source of its revenues.”
    #Venezuela
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    Quote Originally Posted by hiwall View Post
    I could easily believe this^^

    I can smell the US aid flowing to Venezuela already.
    I wish we could just stay out of other countries.
    #BREAKING: The #US has sent 20 Million USD in humanitarian aid to @jguaido's #Venezuelan Opposition Government.
    Well that sure didn't take long.

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    #BREAKING: At least 26 dead in clashes between Venezuela protesters and Maduro security forces- @SkyNewsArabia_B
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    #BREAKING: Venezuela’s Maduro: US Embassy must fulfill his order for US Diplomatic staff to leave Venezuela
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    #BREAKING: Maduro decided to close Venezuela’s Embassy and Consulates in the United States- @SkyNewsArabia_B
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilbitsnana View Post
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    #BREAKING: Venezuela’s Maduro: US Embassy must fulfill his order for US Diplomatic staff to leave Venezuela

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    #Venezuela’s #Maduro insists that US embassy personnel must follow his order to vacate the country. At this moment, no orders have been issued to diplomatic staff to leave nor have troops/security personnel been dispatched to the facilities.
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    Updates to the big board!
    Support for #Guaido added: #UK, #Germany, #France
    Support for #Maduro added: #China
    #EU government supports #Guiado but is not colored, only individual countries who have made statements.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilbitsnana View Post
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    Updates to the big board!
    Support for #Guaido added: #UK, #Germany, #France
    Support for #Maduro added: #China
    #EU government supports #Guiado but is not colored, only individual countries who have made statements.


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    So #Uruguay is a bit odd and we colored them blue on purpose. If they happen to put out more cohesive and specific statements than what was reported yesterday, we can recolor them later.
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    BREAKING: The U.S. has ordered all non-emergency government employees out of Venezuela - Bloomberg


    ^^^ didn't they already do that?
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    Turkey's Erdogan voices support for Venezuela's Maduro

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-v...-idUSKCN1PI0FJ (fair use)
    JANUARY 24, 2019 / 12:43 AM / UPDATED 6 HOURS AGO

    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan phoned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to offer support, and said on Thursday he was shocked that Washington had backed the opposition leader’s move to declare himself interim leader.

    Socialist Maduro described Juan Guaido’s move a day earlier as a coup attempt. U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Guaido, as did Canada and right-leaning Latin American governments.

    “You will respect the results of elections. Trump’s remarks shocked me, as someone who believes in democracy,” Erdogan told a news conference in Ankara.

    “I called Maduro on the way back from Russia. I told (him) very clearly ‘Never allow anti-democratic developments. Stand tall’,” he said.

    Turkey has a long history of coups, most recently a failed putsch in 2016, thwarted by Erdogan supporters who took to the streets to fight the putschists. About 250 people were killed.

    Economic and political ties between Ankara and Caracas have grown stronger, with Erdogan criticizing sanctions against Venezuela during a visit there last month, without directly mentioning the United States or President Donald Trump.


    Erdogan flew back on Wednesday night from a visit to Russia, which has also come out in support of Maduro.

    On Wednesday, Trump said he would use “the full weight of United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy” after recognising Guaido as interim president and calling Maduro “illegitimate”.

    Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the United States and other Latin American countries have constantly meddled in Venezuela’s internal affairs.

    “There is an elected president and on the other hand the head of congress declares himself de facto president. Some countries recognised this. This may cause chaos,” Cavusoglu told the A Haber news channel.

    Many Turks voiced support for Maduro on social media using the hashtag, #WeAreMaduro. One posted an image of Maduro picking up a small Turkish flag and another one of him holding the flag of a historic Turkish clan.

    “You’re not alone, big-hearted man. Turkey is with you,” another wrote.

    Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun and Ece Toksabay; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Janet Lawrence and Andrew Heavens

    FORTE EST VINUM, FORTIOR EST REX, FORTIORES SUNT MULIERES:

    SUPER OMNIA VINCIT VERITAS.


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    JUST IN: State Department orders "non-emergency U.S. government employees to depart Venezuela" amid political turmoil. https://abcn.ws/2Dw6tOn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilbitsnana View Post
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    BREAKING: The U.S. has ordered all non-emergency government employees out of Venezuela - Bloomberg


    ^^^ didn't they already do that?
    No, Ma'am. Everyone was supposed to stay in place.

    This is (IMO) a tad late but better than not at all.


    ED2AD:

    NOW the question is, do we have the sealift and trigger pullers in the AO to handle an Embassy Evac.
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    TACAMO!! NOW!!

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    #BREAKING: US State Department urges all US citizens to “seriously consider” leaving Venezuela- @SkyNewsArabia_B
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    The Florida Maquis is doing double time. 2nd video in 18 hours on this situation. It's 14:14 in length & worth the time. Subject:

    POMPEO PLEDGES *MILLIONS IN US TAXPAYER $$ FOR CRIMINAL INSURRECTION IN VENEZUELA!


    Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfEmvebH8YE
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    Something doesn't smell right, to me....we're sending untold millions of dollars over to Venezuela, but we have to shut down our Govt. to bargain with the Dems to put up a fence on the border to protect US!

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    I have yet to find the ships, airlift, or Marines to do an Embassy Evac in the area.


    Damn well better be a MEU embarking on an LHD with a couple DDG's headed out of Damn Neck in the EARLY morning.

    OR they could play another shot at Pick Up Squad a` La Eagle Claw...….
    RULE 1:
    THEY want you DEAD.

    "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my brothers' children (and their parents) may have peace, and have NO KNOWLEDGE of what I have done."

    TACAMO!! NOW!!

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    Her colors are showing for all to see; no surprise at all. I would have been surprised if she leaned the other way. Scary that she has some power now though.


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    And she’s on the Foreign Affairs Committee. ����*♂️

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    A US backed coup in Venezuela is not a solution to the dire issues they face. Trump's efforts to install a far right opposition will only incite violence and further destabilize the region. We must support Mexico, Uruguay & the Vatican's efforts to facilitate a peaceful dialogue.
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    wench needs to be edumacated as to how the Gov't is divided.

    SHE needs to remember that the Congress does NOT MAKE FOREIGN POLICY. ONLY POTUS gets that task.

    Though Nan will tell her differently I suspect.
    RULE 1:
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    Quote Originally Posted by night driver View Post
    I have yet to find the ships, airlift, or Marines to do an Embassy Evac in the area.


    Damn well better be a MEU embarking on an LHD with a couple DDG's headed out of Damn Neck in the EARLY morning.

    OR they could play another shot at Pick Up Squad a` La Eagle Claw...….
    I'd figure at a minimum you'd need double of what was used for the Hati "regime change" if not double of the Panama experience as a WAG....

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    Well, she's probably so far left that he does seem far right to her.



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    (((Yair Rosenberg))) Retweeted Ilhan Omar

    Juan Guaidó, the Venezuelan opposition leader, is not "far right." He founded & heads the democratic socialist Popular Will party, which is a part of the Socialist International!

    Someone on the Foreign Affairs Committee shouldn't be spreading misinformation about foreign affairs


    (((Yair Rosenberg))) added,
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    A US backed coup in Venezuela is not a solution to the dire issues they face. Trump's efforts to install a far right opposition will only incite violence and further destabilize the region. We must support Mexico, Uruguay & the Vatican's efforts to facilitate a peaceful dialogue.
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    #Venezuela: the interim president has to call a new election within 45 days, and then it's years and years of rebuilding ahead, @marcorubio tells @mikeviqueira:
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    Venezuela crisis: Familiar geopolitical sides take shape

    The crisis in Venezuela may have reached a new boiling point, but the geopolitical fault lines look familiar


    By NATALIYA VASILYEVA Associated Press
    MOSCOW — January 24, 2019 1:46 PM ET

    Russia, China, Iran, Syria and Cuba have come down on one side. The United States, Canada, and countries in Western Europe are on the other.

    As the crisis in Venezuela reaches a new boiling point — with embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro facing a challenge from opposition leader Juan Guaido — the geopolitical fault lines look familiar.

    President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued statements Wednesday proclaiming U.S. recognition of Guaido, saying the U.S. would take all diplomatic and economic measures necessary to support a transition to a new government. Canada said it was recognizing Guaido as the interim president, and British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt called him "the right person" to take Venezuela forward.

    But Washington's adversaries are issuing warnings against U.S. intervention. Russian officials have called the move a "coup" orchestrated by the U.S.

    The U.S. and Russia already are at odds over Syria's civil war, and the Venezuelan crisis has the potential to add further strain. Russian-U.S. ties have sunk to post-Cold War lows over Moscow's support of separatists in Ukraine and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

    "We view the attempt to usurp power in Venezuela as something that contradicts and violates the foundations and principles of international law," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

    In a phone call with Maduro, President Vladimir Putin expressed support, noting that "destructive foreign interference tramples on basic norms of the international law," and called for a peaceful dialogue, according to the Kremlin.

    Venezuela's status as a major oil producer — it has the world's largest underground oil reserves, but crude production continues to crash — means its political instability has deep implications globally.

    And Russia has taken a special interest. Last month, Russia sent two Tu-160 nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela for several days in what was seen as a precursor for a possible long-term military presence.

    Pompeo criticized the move at the time as "two corrupt governments squandering public funds and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer. Peskov dismissed the comment as "undiplomatic" and "inappropriate," saying that half of the U.S. military budget "would be enough to feed the whole of Africa."

    Russia's Foreign Ministry said Thursday the crisis now "has reached a dangerous point" and urged the international community to mediate between the government and the opposition.

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev even injected some domestic U.S. politics into the equation, citing the partial government shutdown and the differences between Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    "Let's imagine, just for an instant, how the American people would respond, for example, to the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives declaring herself the new president against the backdrop of the budget crisis and government shutdown," Medvedev said on Facebook. "What would be the reaction from the current U.S. president, especially if this move was supported by the leadership of another country, for example, Russia?"

    Russia frequently decries popular uprisings like the "color revolutions" that have taken place in Ukraine, Georgia and other countries in its former sphere of influence.

    China's Foreign Ministry also sternly urged against interference by Washington in Venezuela. Beijing's allies, including Iran and Syria, followed suit.

    China "opposes external intervention in Venezuela," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. "We hope that Venezuela and the United States can respect and treat each other on an equal footing, and deal with their relations based on non-interference in each other's internal affairs."

    In the last decade, China has given Venezuela $65 billion in loans, cash and investment. Venezuela owes it more than $20 billion. China's only hope of being repaid appears to lie in Venezuela ramping up oil production, although low oil prices and the country's crashing economy appear to bode poorly for such an outcome.

    The Russian state-controlled oil company Rosneft has invested heavily in Venezuela, and its chief executive, Igor Sechin, visited Caracas in November, pressuring the Maduro government to make good on its commitments to his company. Russia, a major oil producer itself, has been buying oil from the state-run Venezuelan company PDVSA, and Sechin reportedly went to Caracas to raise concerns about Venezuela halting oil supplies.

    Russia is estimated to have poured in at least $17 billion in Venezuela in loans and investment since Maduro's populist predecessor, Hugo Chavez, came to power in 1999. The Economic Development Ministry said Russia has invested around $4 billion in Venezuela, mostly in joint oil projects.

    Asked if Russia would be willing to grant asylum to Maduro, the Kremlin spokesman Peskov refused to speculate and insisted that Moscow views Maduro as the only legitimate leader. Maduro visited Moscow in early December, seeking political and economic assistance as Venezuela has faced sky-high inflation and food shortages.

    For Iran, its relationship with Venezuela hinges on their mutual enmity toward the U.S.

    Chavez traveled to Iran in 2006 and received the country's Islamic Republic Medal, its highest award, from hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called Chavez a "brother and a trench mate." Chavez vowed Venezuela would "stay by Iran at any time and under any condition." Both leaders faced criticism from then-U.S. President George W. Bush and offered their own withering criticism of him.

    After Maduro took power upon Chavez's death in 2013, Iran has maintained its support of Venezuela. On Thursday, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi criticized the U.S. and other countries over meddling in Venezuela.

    "The Islamic Republic of Iran supports the government and people of Venezuela against any foreign intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela or any other illegitimate and illegal measure such as a coup d'etat," Ghasemi said.

    Strong endorsement for the current Venezuelan government also came from Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a message of support: "My brother Maduro! Stay strong, we are by your side."

    Turkey also has cultivated close economic and political ties with Maduro. During a visit to Venezuela in December, Erdogan blamed U.S. sanctions for the country's economic hardships.

    Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Turkey, under Erdogan, would "maintain its principled stance against coup attempts." Erdogan himself faced a military coup attempt in 2016.

    Syria also came to the defense of Maduro's government.

    Damascus reaffirmed its "full solidarity with the leadership and people of the Venezuelan Republic in preserving the country's sovereignty and foiling the American administration's hostile plans," the Syrian Foreign Ministry said.

    Cuba's Foreign Ministry said Havana "expresses its unwavering solidarity" with the Maduro government. Cuba has sent its closest ally tens of thousands of workers, from doctors to intelligence officials, and in return has received tens of thousands of barrels a day in heavily subsidized oil.

    ———

    Associated Press writers Christopher Bodeen in Beijing, Bassem Mroue in Beirut, Suzan Fraser in Ankara and Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed.

    https://abcnews.go.com/beta-story-co...shape-60600794

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    #BREAKING CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- US official: Some American diplomats have headed to airport to leave Venezuela amid standoff with Maduro. #fox5atl
    So when's the Revolution? God or Money? Choose.

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    What could possibly go wrong with this? Nada.


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    #BREAKING: Russian private military contractors have flown to Venezuela to provide security for President Maduro- Reuters
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    #BREAKING: Up to 400 Russian military contractors deployed in Venezuela
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    Now that we know that Russian contractors are protecting Maduro if we have a shooting war there it will involve Russia. This situation just got much worse.

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    #BREAKING: The Russian military contractors were said to have set off in two chartered aircraft for Havana, Cuba, from where they transferred onto regular commercial flights to Venezuela

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    Exclusive - Kremlin-linked contractors help guard Venezuela's Maduro: sources
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    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Private military contractors who do secret missions for Russia flew into Venezuela in the past few days to beef up security for President Nicolas Maduro in the face of U.S.-backed opposition protests, according to two people close to them.

    A third source close to the Russian contractors also told Reuters there was a contingent of them in Venezuela, but could not say when they arrived or what their role was.

    Russia, which has backed Maduro’s socialist government to the tune of billions of dollars, this week promised to stand by him after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president with Washington’s endorsement.

    It was the latest international crisis to split the global superpowers, with the United States and Europe backing Guaido, and Russia and China urging non-interference.

    Yevgeny Shabayev, leader of a local chapter of a paramilitary group of Cossacks with ties to Russian military contractors, said he had heard the number of Russian contractors in Venezuela may be about 400.

    But the other sources spoke of small groups.

    Russia’s Defence Ministry and Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not respond to requests for comment about the contractors. But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We have no such information.”

    The contractors are associated with the so-called Wagner group whose members, mostly ex-service personnel, fought clandestinely in support of Russian forces in Syria and Ukraine, according to Reuters interviews with dozens of contractors, their friends and relatives.

    A person believed to work for the Wagner group did not respond to a message asking for information.

    Citing contacts in a Russian state security structure, Shabayev said the contingent flew to Venezuela at the start of this week, a day or two before opposition protests started.

    CUBA CONNECTION?
    He said they set off in two chartered aircraft for Havana, Cuba, from where they transferred onto regular commercial flights to Venezuela. The Cuban government, a close ally of Venezuela’s ruling socialists for the last two decades, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    The contractors’ task in Venezuela was to protect Maduro from any attempt by opposition sympathisers in his own security forces to detain him, Shabayev said.

    “Our people are there directly for his protection,” he said.

    Venezuelan authorities said they had put down an attempted revolt on Monday by rogue military officers about a kilometre from the presidential palace in Caracas.

    Maduro, the 56-year-old successor to Hugo Chavez, only takes to the streets in carefully-controlled situations, since crowds have barracked him in the past.

    One of the two anonymous Russian sources, who is close to the Wagner group and fought in foreign conflicts where it was active, said the contractors first arrived in advance of the May 2018 presidential election, but another group arrived “recently.”

    Asked if the deployment was linked to protecting Maduro, the source said: “It’s directly connected.” The contractors flew to Venezuela not from Moscow but from third countries where they were conducting missions, he added.

    The third source, who is close to the private military contractors, said there was a contingent in Venezuela but he could not provide further details.

    “They did not arrive in a big crowd,” he said.

    Publicly-available flight-tracking data has shown a number of Russian government aircraft landing in or near Venezuela over past weeks, though there was no evidence the flights were connected to military contractors.

    A Russian Ilyushin-96 flew into Havana late on Wednesday after starting its journey in Moscow and flying via Senegal and Paraguay, the data showed.

    The aircraft, a civilian jet, is owned by a division of the Russian presidential administration, according to a publicly-available procurement contract relating to the plane.

    Between Dec. 10 and Dec. 14 last year, an Antonov-124 heavy cargo aircraft, and an Ilyushin-76 transport aircraft, carried out flights between Russia and Caracas, flight-tracking data showed. Another Ilyushin-76 was in Caracas from Dec. 12 to Dec. 21 last year. All three aircraft belong to the Russian air force, according to the tracking data. https://in.reuters.com/article/venez...-idINKCN1PJ228

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    Brazil does not support eventual military intervention in Venezuela to force out Maduro RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil will not support a possible military intervention in Venezuela to force the departure of President Nicolás Maduro, Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourão told Reuters on Friday.

    What is sought in Venezuela, according to Mourão, is a solution to the crisis that prevents decisions of this nature.

    "Our vision is without support for a (military) intervention," he said.

    The leader of the Venezuelan opposition and president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, proclaimed himself provisional president of the country on Wednesday and won recognition from the United States, Brazil and other countries.

    Russia, China and Mexico, among others, backed Maduro as Venezuelan president.https://lta.reuters.com/articulo/pol...KCN1PJ1QM?il=0

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    Exclusive - Kremlin-linked contractors help guard Venezuela's Maduro: sources
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    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Private military contractors who do secret missions for Russia flew into Venezuela in the past few days to beef up security for President Nicolas Maduro in the face of U.S.-backed opposition protests, according to two people close to them.

    A third source close to the Russian contractors also told Reuters there was a contingent of them in Venezuela, but could not say when they arrived or what their role was.

    Russia, which has backed Maduro’s socialist government to the tune of billions of dollars, this week promised to stand by him after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president with Washington’s endorsement.

    It was the latest international crisis to split the global superpowers, with the United States and Europe backing Guaido, and Russia and China urging non-interference.

    Yevgeny Shabayev, leader of a local chapter of a paramilitary group of Cossacks with ties to Russian military contractors, said he had heard the number of Russian contractors in Venezuela may be about 400.

    But the other sources spoke of small groups.

    Russia’s Defence Ministry and Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not respond to requests for comment about the contractors. But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We have no such information.”

    The contractors are associated with the so-called Wagner group whose members, mostly ex-service personnel, fought clandestinely in support of Russian forces in Syria and Ukraine, according to Reuters interviews with dozens of contractors, their friends and relatives.

    A person believed to work for the Wagner group did not respond to a message asking for information.

    Citing contacts in a Russian state security structure, Shabayev said the contingent flew to Venezuela at the start of this week, a day or two before opposition protests started.

    CUBA CONNECTION?
    He said they set off in two chartered aircraft for Havana, Cuba, from where they transferred onto regular commercial flights to Venezuela. The Cuban government, a close ally of Venezuela’s ruling socialists for the last two decades, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    The contractors’ task in Venezuela was to protect Maduro from any attempt by opposition sympathisers in his own security forces to detain him, Shabayev said.

    “Our people are there directly for his protection,” he said.

    Venezuelan authorities said they had put down an attempted revolt on Monday by rogue military officers about a kilometre from the presidential palace in Caracas.

    Maduro, the 56-year-old successor to Hugo Chavez, only takes to the streets in carefully-controlled situations, since crowds have barracked him in the past.

    One of the two anonymous Russian sources, who is close to the Wagner group and fought in foreign conflicts where it was active, said the contractors first arrived in advance of the May 2018 presidential election, but another group arrived “recently.”

    Asked if the deployment was linked to protecting Maduro, the source said: “It’s directly connected.” The contractors flew to Venezuela not from Moscow but from third countries where they were conducting missions, he added.

    The third source, who is close to the private military contractors, said there was a contingent in Venezuela but he could not provide further details.

    “They did not arrive in a big crowd,” he said.

    Publicly-available flight-tracking data has shown a number of Russian government aircraft landing in or near Venezuela over past weeks, though there was no evidence the flights were connected to military contractors.

    A Russian Ilyushin-96 flew into Havana late on Wednesday after starting its journey in Moscow and flying via Senegal and Paraguay, the data showed.

    The aircraft, a civilian jet, is owned by a division of the Russian presidential administration, according to a publicly-available procurement contract relating to the plane.

    Between Dec. 10 and Dec. 14 last year, an Antonov-124 heavy cargo aircraft, and an Ilyushin-76 transport aircraft, carried out flights between Russia and Caracas, flight-tracking data showed. Another Ilyushin-76 was in Caracas from Dec. 12 to Dec. 21 last year. All three aircraft belong to the Russian air force, according to the tracking data. https://in.reuters.com/article/venez...-idINKCN1PJ228
    Remember the last "encounter" between "Russian contractors" and the US military? Who was it who asked about the "little green men" on this thread? Well for this to end cleanly, though still possible, is looking less and less likely IMHO.....

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