Moscow says the arrival of Russian soldiers in Venezuela does not present a threat to anyone, after U.S. President Donald Trump called on Russia to withdraw its troops from the South American country and warned that "all options" were open to achieve that. "All options are open".
The US reportedly seeks to use the oil trade garrote as leverage against elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who has proven himself a hard target to oust, and to replace him with opposition leader Juan Guaido.
In the meantime, Russian Federation remains a staunch supporter of Maduro, who won re-election in 2018, recognizing him as the legitimate president of the country.
Russia's interference in Venezuela is causing tensions with the US and comes on the heels of a special counsel reports that cleared Mr. Trump's campaign of colluding with President Vladimir Putin's henchmen in the 2016 campaign.
Opposition leader Juan Guaido, self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, talks during a meeting calling for more protests, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
Trump added that "all options are open" to get Russian Federation out of Venezuela.
"I fear for my husband's life".
Rosales, a 26-year-old journalist and opposition activist, told Trump that Guaido was attacked on Tuesday, though she did not provide details.
In a statement on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russian troops would stay in the country as "for as long as needed" and accused the US of trying to "stage a coup" in the country through the threat of military action.
Guaido, the head of the opposition-dominated National Assembly who's recognized by the USA some 50 other nations as Venezuela's rightful leader, responded shortly thereafter at a rally in Caracas. Mr Guaidó, 35, is recognised by the United States and more than 50 other countries as Venezuela's legitimate leader.
Russian Federation has bilateral relations and agreements with Venezuela and Maduro that it plans to honour, Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador, Dmitry Polyanskiy, said in response on Twitter on Wednesday.
At the White House, Ms Rosales said the Maduro regime was "trying to break our morale". "Venezuela was and is still a country with tremendous potential where people are starving".