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Trump tells Russia to get its troops out of Venezuela

Tensions between the US and Russia over the crisis in Venezuela continue to increase. On Saturday, two Russian military aircraft carrying about 100 troops and a substantial amount of equipment arrived in Venezuela. In response, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that the US “will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela.”

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump urged Russia to withdraw its troops from Venezuela and warned that “[a]ll options are open” when it comes to the US strategy for Venezuela. The Russian government on Thursday dismissed the request and said it was operating in a lawful manner.

Earlier this year, US President Trump recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela, and there are signs that the US is planning a military campaign aimed at overthrowing President Maduro, whose regime is supported by Moscow.

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