icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

China refutes reports of sending troops to Venezuela to help Maduro

China refutes reports  of sending troops to Venezuela to help Maduro
Beijing has dismissed reports that it sent a cohort of soldiers to Venezuela along with a shipment of humanitarian aid.

A shipment of 65 tons of Chinese medicine reached Caracas on Friday. Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami welcomed the aid flight, and praised the “important and strategic level” of the partnership between Beijing and Caracas.

However, unconfirmed reports stated that a deployment of more than 120 Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers accompanied the aid flight, bringing military supplies for President Nicolas Maduro’s forces.

Beijing, however, denies sending troops to Venezuela. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters on Tuesday

"I don't know where you got this information or for what purpose was it produced, but I can tell you this: what you said is simply not true," he said at a briefing.

“The Chinese government's position on the Venezuela issue is consistent and clear-cut,” Shuang continued, adding that China opposes “external interference in Venezuela's internal affairs, and believe the country's government and opposition need to seek a political solution through peaceful dialogue.”

The reports come less than two weeks after Russian military personnel arrived in Venezuela. The deployment, carried out under the terms of a 2001 cooperation treaty between Moscow and Caracas, set alarm bells ringing in Washington.

Also on rt.com US is manufacturing a crisis in Venezuela so that there is chaos and 'needed' intervention

US President Donald Trump announced that Russia “must get out” of Venezuela, and warned “all options are open” when it comes to a US response. The Russian Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, insisted that the deployment was carried out "in strict accordance with the constitution of that country and with full respect for its legal norms,” and Kremlin spokeswoman Maria Zakharova shot back at Trump, advising Washington to “fulfill the promises that it had given to the international community” and withdraw from Syria first.

Subscribe to RT newsletter to get stories the mainstream media won’t tell you.

Follow news the mainstream media ignores: Like RT’s Facebook
Podcasts