The Russian Chancellery revealed a plan to train alleged Venezuelan refugees at a British military base in Guyana.
“Dozens of so-called Venezuelan refugees have already been transferred there, but the truth is that these are people who came there to receive training and integrate sabotage and espionage groups,” said Russian Chancellery spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
He noted that “the British are completing the construction of that military base on one of the islands at the mouth of the Esequibo River” allegedly under the pretext of combating “the smuggling of weapons and drugs”.
The diplomat warned that the ultimate goal was to deploy these groups to Venezuelan territory to destabilize the situation and perpetrate terrorist acts.
Zakharova also questioned the media campaign to discredit Venezuela’s legitimate government.
Russian defense ministers Sergei Shoigu and Venezuela’s G/J Vladimir Padrino Lopez signed an agreement for the management of warship visits from each country to each other’s ports, Russian news agency Interfax reported.
Shoigú expressed his country’s support for the Venezuelan government’s efforts to deal with US attempts to overthrow the legitimate authorities.
“We have seen unprecedented pressure from Washington that seeks to destabilize the situation in its country (…) We consider external intervention unacceptable, especially in the current situation, which is particularly tense,” he said.
For his part, Padrino López claimed that the US “in a blaming manner” violates international law by trying to overthrow the country’s legitimate authorities, which he said will stand firm and continue to fight.