Russia does not rule out sending troops to Cuba and Venezuela if tensions with the US continue

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A secretária adjunta de Estado dos EUA, Wendy Sherman; o secretário-geral da Otan, Jens Stoltenberg; o ministro adjunto das Relações Exteriores da Rússia, Alexander Grushko; e o ministro adjunto da Defesa da Rússia, Alexander Fomin, durante reunião em Bruxelas, Bélgica, 12 de janeiro

US Assistant Secretary of State Wendy Sherman; NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg; Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko; and Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin during a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 12 of January| Photo: EFE/EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET / POOL

Russia raised its tone amid the crisis with Western countries over Ukraine this Thursday Friday, when a diplomat refused to rule out sending Russian troops to Cuba and Venezuela if tensions with the United States continue to rise, according to the Associated Press.

Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, said that it could neither “confirm nor exclude” the possibility of sending Russian military equipment and troops to the two Latin American countries if Washington’s pressure continues.

In an interview with a Russian television channel, Ryabkov said that “everything depends on the actions of the our US counterparts”, underscoring Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warning that Moscow may take military action if Washington provokes or increases pressure.

Last month, the diplomat compared the situation in Ukraine to the Missile Crisis of 768, when the Soviet Union sent missiles Cuba, escalating confrontation with the US and increasing the risk of a nuclear conflict between the two superpowers.

Russia has already sent, in 2018 and on previous occasions, bombers with nude capabilities cleares for joint maneuvers with Venezuela, in a show of support for the dictator Nicolás Maduro.

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