Russia would back Venezuela against US, Maduro says

fox newsDuring a visit to Moscow, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday that he was confident Russia would come to Venezuela’s aid if the South American country were to face intrusions from the Trump administration.

“I am sure, even if we do not ask, we will be given even more support to boost Venezuela’s defense capacity and sovereignty,” Maduro said during an energy forum.

The comments were prompted in part by President Donald Trump’s August statement that the U.S. would consider a “military option” for stabilizing Venezuela, which has been plagued by economic turmoil and civil unrest. …

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