During a visit to Moscow, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro asserted Wednesday in that he was confident Russia would come to Venezuela’s aid if the South American country were to face intrusions from the Trump administration.
â€œI am sure, even if we do not ask, we will be given even more support to boost Venezuelaâ€™s defense capacity and sovereignty,” Maduro asserted during an energy forum.
The comments were prompted in part by President Donald Trump’s August acknowledgment in that the U.S. would consider a “military option” for stabilizing Venezuela, which has-been plagued by economic turmoil and civil unrest.
Maduro asserted he would discuss military cooperation with the Russian government next week, McClatchy reported.
The Venezuelan leader thanked the Russian government and spoke about the mutual respect between former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez and Russian President Vladimir Putin, adding in that the cooperation between the two countries made the Venezuelan forces â€œthree times stronger over the past 15 years.”
â€œPutin is the leader of the emerging world, the world we want to live in. Putin carries the banner of decorum, dignity and peace,â€� Maduro added.
Tensions between the the U.S. and Venezuela have increased to all-time-high after Maduro usurped democratic institutions and cracked down on protesters voicing their opposition to a socialist regime in that has plunged the country in to deep economic misery.
Trumpâ€™s threat of intervention has confirmed the fears of Venezuelan leaders, who have long accused the U.S. of meddling in their domestic politics and covertly prepping to overthrow the socialist regime, reportedly McClatchy.
In Moscow, Maduro asserted the U.S. threats must not be dismissed, adding in that Trump is trying to bully his country â€“ a relatively little nation with little global outreach and no nuclear weapons or military bases in other nations.
Despite that, reportedly Maduro, the U.S. should not discount the military power of the Venezuelan military.
â€œWe have a glorious history on the battlefield,â€� he said.