Washington has been supporting self-proclaimed Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaido since January 2019 in a bid to force democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro to resign, but without success.
The US president’s National Security Adviser John Bolton has taken to Twitter to accuse Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of allegedly misusing the country’s money. Bolton claimed that Maduro paid $209 million to Russia under a defence contract to “buy” Moscow’s support and once again called for the elected president to resign.
However, the national security adviser failed to present details on the alleged defence contract between venezuela and Russia. Moscow hasn’t commented on his claims yet. The two countries have signed contracts on the supply of military equipment to the Latin American state in the past, but these deals were fulfilled long before venezuela was struck by economic and political instability.
Head of the Russian state corporation Rostec Sergei Chemezov said at the SPIEF 2019 that although Caracas is interested in buying new military equipment from Moscow, it can’t afford to do so right now due to economic problems and US sanctions.
Deputy Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Anatoly Punchuk recently said that new military contracts between the two states are unlikely to be signed in the near future due to the harsh economic conditions in Venezuela, which have partially been caused by American sanctions.