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Russia Opens Helicopter Flight Training Centre in Venezuela

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia opened on Friday a helicopter flight training centre in Venezuela to assist Venezuelan pilots in learning how to fly Russian-made Mi-family helicopters, Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said.

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Miami-Dade mayor gives Guaido’s wife ‘key to the county’ as US fawns over rebel ‘first lady’

Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuela’s US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, was given the royal treatment by officials in Miami-Dade, who gave the self-proclaimed ‘first lady’ the key to the county.

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Do the right thing? Venezuelan defense minister responds to Bolton’s calls to defect

US National Security Advisor John Bolton has been flooding Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino with messages asking him to “do the right thing,” playing the “Good Cop” to his own “Bad Cop.”

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US orders foreign firms to further cut oil trade with Venezuela regardless of sanctions – report

Washington has demanded non-US oil trading houses and refiners cut operations with Venezuela beyond the already imposed sanctions or face sanctions themselves, according to a Reuters report.

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Zakharova Mocks Bolton’s Threat Against Those

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova mocked on Friday US National Security Adviser John Bolton’s tweet that threatened those who “destroy democracy” in Venezuela with “consequences”, implying it was the United States itself that jeopardized Venezuelan democratic institutions.

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EU’s Mogherini, Ecuador FM Hold Presser After Contact Group Meeting on Venezuela

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Jose Valencia Amores are holding a joint press conference in Quito after the second meeting of the International Contact Group on Venezuela.

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Venezuelan Court Remands Guaido’s Aide Marrero Into Custody – Lawyer

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A Venezuelan court has remanded Roberto Marrero, an aide to the country’s self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido, into custody for the period of the investigation, Marrero’s lawyer Joel Garcia said on Friday.

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Satellite PHOTOS Allegedly Show Venezuela’s Deployment of S-300 at Key Airbase

A group of Russian military personnel arrived in the Venezuelan capital Caracas on 23 March to participate in consultations with government officials on bilateral defence industry cooperation as the ongoing political crisis in the Latin American country has heated up.

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Stalled Coup: US’ Allies May Soon Regret They Rushed to Embrace Guaido – Journo

The Venezuela coup attempt is not going well at all and Washington’s global allies may soon regret rushing to recognise Juan Guaido as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela, French journalist and geopolitical analyst Gilbert Mercier told Sputnik.

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German Government Refuses to Recognise Guaido’s Envoy as Ambassador

Although Berlin has sided with the US and recognised self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido, it is keeping Otto Gebauer, whom he picked to represent Venezuela in Germany, in limbo and has not granted the representative key diplomatic status. Spain, above all, has reportedly urged fellow EU member states not to recognise him.

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Running country like a business: Trump calls Venezuela ‘company,’ but is it a Freudian slip?

Donald Trump seems to be taking the “running the country as a business” shtick pretty seriously. Why else would he refer to Venezuela, a country his administration targeted for its latest regime change op, as a “company”?

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Russia must get out of Venezuela, all options open – Trump

US President Donald Trump has warned that Russia must get out of Venezuela. Two planeloads of Russian troops are currently in the Latin American country under the terms of a 2001 cooperation treaty.

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Russia on military planes in Venezuela: Our specialists are there based on cooperation treaty

Russian specialists are in Venezuela as part of the 2001 military-technical cooperation deal with Caracas that doesn’t need further approval, Moscow said after reports of the arrival of two military planes with troops and cargo.

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‘Interim president’ of Venezuela not violating rules because they were changed for him – Abrams

The US-backed ‘interim president’ of Venezuela Juan Guaido isn’t violating the 30-day constitutional limit because the legislature backing him voted to make it not apply, ‘explained’ the US special envoy Elliott Abrams.

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‘So crass and so obvious’: Pressure from Washington pushes Venezuela closer to Russia

As the US pushes for regime change in Venezuela, Caracas has moved closer to Moscow. Despite US claims that Russia threatens world democracy, analysts say it’s Washington which is responsible for neglect to international law.

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