Lima Group concerned by Russian military 'provocation' in Venezuela
Argentina, 12 other Latin American states and Canada condemn arrival of military aircraft in Venezuela and condemn "any provocation or military deployment that threatens peace and security in the region."
In a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, the Lima Group on Tuesday condemned the presence of Russian military planes in Venezuela as a provocation threatening regional peace.
Argentina, 12 other Latin American states and Canada said they were concerned "over the arrival of two Russian military aircraft" in Venezuela and condemned "any provocation or military deployment that threatens peace and security in the region."
The statement was issued by Argentina's Foreign Ministry.
The body, set up in 2017 to advocate for a regional solution to Venezuela's political and economic crisis, also renewed a call to nations that still maintain friendly ties with "the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro" to help search for a democratic solution.
The rift between Russia and the United States over how to resolve the crisis in Venezuela has widened following the arrival of Russian military personnel over the weekend.
In Moscow's first comment on the reports of the deployment, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement late on Tuesday that Russia has sent personnel "in strict accordance" with the Venezuelan Constitution and a bilateral agreement on military cooperation.
She did not elaborate on how many troops Russia has sent.