Russian military units will remain in Venezuela as long as Caracas’s government needs it, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.
“How long? As long as they need it, and as long as the Venezuelan government needs them. It all is being done based on bilateral agreements,” the diplomat said in response to a question. “There are international and bilateral legal frameworks for it.”
Early on last week, Russian An-124 and Il-62 cargo planes arrived to Caracas Airport on March 23, carrying Russian servicemen and 35 tonnes of cargo on board.
Venezuelan President of the Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello later confirmed the information about two Russian planes. In a comment released on March 26, the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that experts from Russia arrived in Venezuela in strict compliance with the country’s constitution and the bilateral intergovernmental agreement on military-technical cooperation signed in May 2001.