BEIRUT, LEBANON(1:40 A.M.) – The Russian military is ready to send more troops to Venezuela if necessary, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Director of Latin American Affairs, Alexander Schetinin, said on Friday.

“We have contracts [with Venezuela] on maintaining deliveries. Any maintenance work requires a certain number of people. Sometimes more, sometimes less. If more people are needed, we will send as many as necessary”, the diplomat stated when asked whether Moscow was ready to increase the number of military experts maintaining equipment in Venezuela, RIA Novosti reported.

Last Sunday, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an unnamed source, that Russia had withdrawn the key defense experts of the Rostec Corportion from Venezuela.

Following the report, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that Moscow allegedly informed his administration about having “removed most of their people” from Venezuela.

Responding to Trump’s statement, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that Moscow did not officially notify the United States about that, adding that Russian specialists continue to work there.

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