Trump tells Russian Federation to 'get out' of Venezuela

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The troops reportedly brought 35 tons of military equipment with them.

Russian Federation and China have backed President Nicolas Maduro, while the United States and most Western countries support opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Ireland has also confirmed its support for Mr Guaido. In January, Guaido invoked the constitution to assume Venezuela's interim presidency, arguing that Maduro's 2018 re-election was illegitimate.

The US reportedly seeks to use the oil trade garrote as leverage against elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who has proven himself a hard target to oust, and to replace him with opposition leader Juan Guaido.

In Moscow's first comment on the reports of the deployment, foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement late on Tuesday that Russian Federation has sent personnel "in strict accordance" with the Venezuelan constitution and a bilateral agreement on military cooperation.

Asked how he would make Russian forces leave, Trump said: "We'll see".

Russia's Foreign Ministry says that Russian military personnel that arrived in Venezuela over the weekend has every right to be there.

In a statement on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russian troops would stay in the country as "for as long as needed" and accused the USA of trying to "stage a coup" in the country through the threat of military action.

Most South American and Western nations have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's rightful leader, while Maduro calls Guaido a puppet of the United States attempting to oust him in a coup.

It is unclear if the measure would end Guaido's current term in congress or what affect it would have - if any - on his bid to unseat President Nicolas Maduro.

His supporters have said numerous difficulties have been caused by worldwide sanctions levied against his regime. Trump said. "Venezuela was a country with tremendous potential and is still a country with tremendous potential".

President Trump has warned that tougher sanctions are yet to come. In addition, citizens are now grappling with power blackouts that experts have blamed on years of neglect and maintenance.

At the White House, Ms Rosales said the Maduro regime was "trying to break our morale". "They are involved in the implementation of agreements in the sphere of military and technical cooperation", said Zakharova. "But let me tell you that there is light, and the light is here".

"He said the United States would withdraw from Syria a month ago", she was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

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