Russian troops arrived in Venezuela

"They are involved in the implementation of agreements in the sphere of military and technical cooperation", said Zakharova.

The confirmation comes after President Donald Trump issued a warning to Russian Federation on Wednesday to pull troops out of Venezuela and said "all options" were open to make that happen. "All options are open".

In an interview with Reuters, Araujo said he hoped Russian Federation would recognise that propping up President Nicolas Maduro would only deepen the collapse of Venezuela's economy and society, and that the only way out of the crisis was to hold elections under an interim government led by opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Mr Guaido has claimed the country's interim presidency - arguing that Mr Maduro's re-election a year ago was illegitimate.

During the meeting, he told reporters: "Russia has to get out".

Trump made the remarks while hosting Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaido, at the White House.

Russian Federation has bilateral relations and agreements with Venezuela and Maduro that it plans to honor, Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador, Dmitry Polyanskiy, said on Twitter.

She said she feared for her husband's life and warned that he had been attacked by people throwing rocks on his way out of a National Assembly session yesterday.

"The crisis is serious", she told Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Russia, one of the major countries that still recognizes Maduro as leader, sent two planes carrying 100 troops and tons of military equipment to Venezuela on Saturday.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido, self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, greets supporters as he leaves at the end of a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela, 27-03-2019.

Mr. Pence on Wednesday said Mr.

She is slated to meet US first lady Melania Trump in Palm Beach on Thursday on a swing through South Florida, home to the largest community of Venezuelan exiles in the United States.

Rosales also plans to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and members of the Venezuelan diaspora at a prominent Washington think-tank.

Pompeo said the administration's 2020 budget proposal requests new authority to support a democratic transition in Venezuela, including transferring up to $500 million to foreign assistance accounts.

The 35-year-old opposition leader has tried to build popular support in favor of Maduro's removal since he declared himself president in late January.

  • Tracy Klein