File photo of Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, at a press conference at the Miraflores Palace, in Caracas April 5, 2021. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero
The Defense Minister of the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela, Valdimir Padrino, criticized NATO’s role, assuring that it intends to take over the world, and that its influence in Latin America would expand through Colombia.
“NATO intends to take over the world by extending further east than Europe. At the same time, the transatlantic organization is projected to Latin America with Colombia as a pawn and the increasingly resolute presence of military and naval media in our area of influence. And then?” he published on his Twitter account.
The statement was made in support of its ally Russia, where Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov assured that the transatlantic organization is carrying out an artificial expansion not only attracting Ukraine, but also the Scandinavian countries that are not part of that multilateral organization. On January 14, he maintained that Moscow expects an increase in NATO’s presence near that country “in the coming months” using the pretext of tensions around Ukraine.
For its part, the US and the former Soviet republic accuse Russia of having accumulated nearly 100,000 soldiers on the Ukrainian border and of planning an attack this winter, for which “unprecedented” sanctions are already being prepared in case of that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, decided to give the order.
And it is that the tensions on the other side of the Atlantic do not cease either, where the Colombian Minister of Defense, Diego Molano, has indicated that in the neighboring country there is a presence of Russian troops in an alleged military collaboration that the government of Valdimir Putin is lending to the regime. of Maduro.
Minister Molano’s statements respond to the Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Riabkov, who said that he did not confirm or deny a possible deployment in Cuba and Venezuela.
“Our public force has been deploying units in Arauca, Catatumbo, La Guajira, Norte de Santander for several months and especially an exercise with the special command against drug trafficking to protect Colombians on the border,” Molano said, adding that, From intelligence operations, he learned that Russia has been cooperating with the Bolivarian forces for months.
For his part, the president of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, declared at a press conference at the end of a meeting of the Alliance’s Defense chiefs, that “it is not NATO territory, Venezuela and Cuba, but I can imagine that there are allied countries that are concerned about such a possibility” and considered “worrying if Russia takes missiles to other countries that may have an impact on security”.
In that same sense, the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, from Caracas, rejected the intentions of the Russian Government and has demanded that the Bolivarian National Armed Forces respond to the Russian attempt.
Padrino had also referred to that cooperation through Twitter: “Russia is showing the possibility of deepening the military cooperation relations of our nations, which already exist” and also called the members of the opposition ‘unpatriotic’, alluding to that they cannot speak of sovereignty when they themselves have requested a military intervention and economic sanctions against the Chavista regime.
Relations between Russia and Venezuela are not new, they have existed since the era of Hugo Chávez and have remained just as strong until today, to the point that last year progress was made in the construction of a Kalashnikov rifle factory, which was expected to be ready by mid-2022.
This relationship between the two countries has allowed the Venezuelan arsenal to be made up of Sukhoi-30 warplanes and T-72B1-V war tanks, which would total some 250 units in addition to S-300 batteries, as well as missile launchers, a radar and an automated command center, according to information from El Tiempo.
(With information from EFE)
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