So much for xe2x80x98Hands off Venezuela Time to give Russia a taste of the Monroe Doctrine

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Russian military officials are visiting to discuss equipment maintenance and training the official said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. Javier Mayorca tweeted that a Russian cargo plane with military equipment also arrived in Caracas on Saturday. Associated Press journalists on Sunday went to Venezuelas main airport but did not see Russian planes. and Russian officials met in Rome to discuss Venezuela but remained split on how to resolve the crisis. Vasily Tonkoshkurov while the second was a cargo plane carrying 35 metric tons of unspecified materials. A Venezuelan official told The Associated Press that Russian military officials visited the nation to discuss training strategy and equipment. and Russian officials held talks on Venezuela but remained split on the legitimacy of Maduros government. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told the Russian foreign minister that Russias dispatch of military personnel to Venezuela is increasing tensions there. Pompeos call came after a Venezuelan official said Russian aircraft arrived in Caracas this weekend as part of ongoing military cooperation. Reports that two Russian air force planes arrived could not be independently confirmed

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