Russian air force planes land in Venezuela carrying troops

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CARACAS (Reuters) - Two Russian air force planes landed in Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100 troops, according to a local journalist, amid strengthening ties between Caracas and Moscow.

A flight-tracking website showed that two planes left from a Russian military airport bound for Caracas on Friday, and another flight-tracking site showed that one plane left Caracas on Sunday.

The report comes three months after the two nations held military exercises on Venezuelan soil that President Nicolas Maduro called a sign of strengthening relations, but which Washington criticized as Russian encroachment in the region.

Reporter Javier Mayorca wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the first plane carried Vasily Tonkoshkurov, chief of staff of the ground forces, adding that the second was a cargo plane carrying 35 tonnes of material.

An Ilyushin IL-62 passenger jet and an Antonov AN-124 military cargo plane left for Caracas on Friday from Russian military airport Chkalovsky, stopping along the way in Syria, according to flight-tracking website Flightradar24.

The cargo plane left Caracas on Sunday afternoon, according to Adsbexchange, another flight-tracking site.

A Reuters witness saw what appeared to be the passenger jet at the Maiquetia airport on Sunday.

It was not immediately evident why the planes had come to Venezuela.

Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Russia’s Defense Ministry and Foreign Ministry did not reply to messages seeking a comment. The Kremlin spokesman also did not reply to a request for comment.

The Trump administration has levied crippling sanctions on the OPEC nation’s oil industry in efforts to push Maduro from power and has called on Venezuelan military leaders to abandon him. Maduro has denounced the sanctions as U.S. interventionism and has won diplomatic backing from Russia and China.

In December, two Russian strategic bomber aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons landed Venezuela in a show of support for Maduro’s socialist government that infuriated Washington.

Maduro on Wednesday said Russia would send medicine “next week” to Venezuela, without describing how it would arrive, adding that Moscow in February had sent some 300 tonnes of humanitarian aid.

Venezuela in February had blocked a convoy carrying humanitarian aid for the crisis-stricken country that was coordinated with the team of opposition leader Juan Guaido, including supplies provided by the United States, from entering via the border with Colombia.


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if they were even schooled about it
Unfortunately, you are exactly right. I was fortunate enough to have had a pretty good education. Not everyone was or is so lucky, especially these days.

ETA: The Monroe Doctrine was initially conceived with Europe in mind, but it's basic reasoning applies equally to Russia. But that was almost two centuries ago.
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This is Russia's response to the American troop withdrawals in Syria not happening fast enough to suit Putin. He is ticked off fro several reasons lately, NATO exercises within spitting distance as he would see it, of "his" borders, which in his pointy little brain include the Baltics and most of Eastern Europe as well as the Ukraine, not just the Crimean Peninsula. In short, NATO isn't supposed to challenge his posture in ANY area of the former USSR.

Let alone embarrass "mother" Russia by holding talks in POLAND regarding the Kushner Trump peace plan and the future of the Middle East with a lot of major players attending like Israel, Egypt, Jordan etc

on the SAME DAY as Putin, Khameini, Erdogan met in Sochi to discuss the future of Syria (who gets what juicy bit that Russia lets them fight over essentially)

Embarrassing much? Putin is not one to let things pass and ignore anything that he can turn into an excuse for a rage based on an insult he perceives.

And as I often observed in the Russian Community Center amongst the assembled, many a Russian will invent an excuse to go on the attack. Even create something to generate an "INSULT" because Russian's love to use an insult to open negotiations with each other, as they jostle each other for position. My late mil was a Russian tank in human form and would often use these tactics and would usually win by sheer force of personality. Good times had by all. A favourite indoor sport.

And that is the culture Putin is embedded in, raised up in. This is how he operates.

Next move is up to Trump. Putin is hoping for another "insult" to his machismo. That is how the game is played.

However I have noticed that in the poker matches around the globe, Trump seems to understand and play the game with equal enthusiasm, and like my late Mil, he is often the winner.


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I became a pacifist last year. My son has been deployed to Somalia twice, Iraq and Afghanistan. My son in law deployed last month to the ME.
I study and am passionate on war history and visit sites from Europe to Pacific. God willing I’ll be in Bastogne in September.

My point is this. I believe nations should shed their own blood to achieve stabilization in their own countries. America has done far more than anyone sacrificing our boys and girls.



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I became a pacifist last year. My son has been deployed to Somalia twice, Iraq and Afghanistan. My son in law deployed last month to the ME.
I study and am passionate on war history and visit sites from Europe to Pacific. God willing I’ll be in Bastogne in September.

My point is this. I believe nations should shed their own blood to achieve stabilization in their own countries. America has done far more than anyone sacrificing our boys and girls.

I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiment. I don't think we should be spilling our blood and treasure to clean up other people's messes either. However, in the long game, it isn't always that easy. If an unstable and hostile nation (I mean a nation in the broadest sense) has the stated desire, willingness and capability to bring harm on our country, then I think that is the proper reason for our military to be proactive.

God Bless your two sons, and thank them for their service for me. They are better men than I am. May the Lord keep them safe.
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I've heard of it but don't remember what it was for. It's been awhile...
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"The Monroe Doctrine is the best known U.S. policy toward the Western Hemisphere. Buried in a routine annual message delivered to Congress by President JamesMonroe in December 1823, the doctrine warns European nations that the United States would not tolerate further colonization or puppet monarchs."

In essence, it was the US saying to Europe (which was the main opposing power player at the time), and by extension anyone else, that the Western Hemisphere was our sphere of influence, and meddling in it, and therefore our affairs, would not be tolerated.

Good policy even today.
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Continetti: Russia ‘Trying to Overthrow Monroe Doctrine’ by Propping Up Madu

Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Matthew Continetti argued Tuesday that Russia is trying to undermine permanently America's place in the Western Hemisphere by propping up Nicolas Maduro's regime in Venezuela.

On Fox News Channel's Special Report with Bret Baier, Continetti said China and Cuba are both taking pains to help Maduro maintain his grip on power. But he stated that Russia has the largest overall aim: Overthrowing the Monroe Doctrine.

"I think Russia is the key player here. If you look at the Russian actions from the military flights to Venezuela, to inserting the so-called little green men, these kind of non-uniformed paramilitary officers, to sending formal military advisers and assistance to Maduro, Russia is clearly trying to overthrow the Monroe Doctrine, which for centuries has said, no outside interference from outside powers in the Western Hemisphere. In order to elevate the situation, I think the administration needs to train its criticism on Russia," Continetti said.

Continetti's comments came after President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that the United States will place heavy sanctions on Cuba is it does not stop assisting Maduro in his attempts to remain in power.

"If Cuban Troops and Militia do not immediately CEASE military and other operations for the purpose of causing death and destruction to the Constitution of Venezuela, a full and complete embargo, together with highest-level sanctions, will be placed on the island of Cuba. Hopefully, all Cuban soldiers will promptly and peacefully return to their island!," Trump wrote.

The Monroe Doctrine was written in 1823 during President James Monroe's administration and was designed to keep European powers from attempting to re-colonize North America, South America, and Central America. It states that "as a principle in which the rights and interests of the United States are involved, that the American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers."

The United States has historically defended the Western Hemisphere from outside interference.

Maduro is trying to hold control of the military as he faces growing protests against him and in favor of Juan Guaido, whose constitutional claim to being president of Venezuela has been recognized by almost all of the country's neighbors, in addition to the United States.