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Old 05-04-2019, 07:58   #285
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Russian Involvement

At the end of March 2019, Moscow deployed a force of some 100 military personnel to Venezuela. This force is led by the chief of staff of the Russian Land Forces (Sukhoputnye Voyska), Colonel General Vasily Tonkoshkurov (59), a veteran of the 1980s intervention in Afghanistan and the Chechen wars. Until May 2018, Tonkoshkurov was the deputy chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. The Russian embassy in Venezuela announced, [O]ur military personnel are in no way involved in the clashes in Caracas. Moscow insists the Russian military contingent in Venezuela is not a fighting force, but rather a group of advisors and technical specialists helping refurbish the Venezuelan military. The Russian contingent is also assisting in implementing the military hardware Russia had previously sold the Chavismo regime (over $11 billion worth in all) that has been collecting dust during the Venezuelan economic, political and social crisis (Vesti, May 1).
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