MOSCOW (Reuters) - A statement by U.S. President Donald Trump asserting that Russia had removed “most of their people” from Venezuela does not correspond to reality and military cooperation continues, Interfax news agency cited a source as saying on Tuesday.
A full withdrawal of Russia’s military specialists from Venezuela would be a blow to embattled socialist President Nicolas Maduro who counts Moscow as a close ally.
Trump posted a message on Twitter on Monday about the alleged Russian drawdown while on a state visit to London but did not provide any further details.
Interfax cited an unnamed source in Caracas as saying Russia was continuing to support Venezuela through a long-standing programme of military technical assistance.
Reporting by Andrew Osborn and Maxim Rodionov; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Osborn