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Trump advisor warns Russia on military presence in Venezuela

Key Points
  • A top White House advisor issued a veiled warning to Russia about its military presence in Venezuela.
  • "We strongly caution actors external to the Western Hemisphere against deploying military assets to Venezuela, or elsewhere in the Hemisphere, with the intent of establishing or expanding military operations," White House national security advisor John Bolton said in a statement.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro shake hands during a ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, on July 2, 2013.
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A top White House advisor on Friday issued a veiled warning to Russia about its military presence in Venezuela, saying the United States would consider any move to establish or expand military operations there a "direct threat" to international peace.

"We strongly caution actors external to the Western Hemisphere against deploying military assets to Venezuela, or elsewhere in the Hemisphere, with the intent of establishing or expanding military operations," White House national security advisor John Bolton said in a statement. "We will consider such provocative actions as a direct threat to international peace and security in the region."

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Key Points
  • National Assembly leader Juan Guaido told supporters on Wednesday that preparations were being made for a mass mobilization — called "Operation Freedom" — in a bid to force Maduro to step down.
  • It comes at a time when the South American country is in the midst of the Western Hemisphere's worst humanitarian crisis in recent memory.
  • On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said Russia "needs to get out" of Venezuela, adding that "all options" were on the table to remove its soldiers.