This Friday, January 14, the Minister of Defense, Diego Molano, at the end of an event in Barranquilla, reported that the entire border with Venezuela is militarized as part of a plan to combat drug trafficking, guaranteeing that security will be provided to Colombians. before a possible arrival of Russian Military Forces to Venezuelan territory.
Minister Molano’s statements respond to the Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei RIabkov, who said that he did not confirm or deny a possible deployment in Cuba and Venezuela.
“Our public force has deployed units in Arauca, Catatumbo, La Guajira, Norte de Santander and especially an exercise with the special command against drug trafficking to protect Colombians on the border”Molano pointed out, adding that, based on intelligence operations, he learned that Russia has been cooperating with the Bolivarian forces for months.
The recent friction between Russia and the West occurred after President Vladimir Putin demanded that NATO not integrate Ukraine into its structure, due to the Russian Government’s fears of the possible militarization of bordering countries, due to the expansion that, for months , have advanced with several Baltic nations such as Latvia and Lithuania.
This being the reason why Deputy Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said that if tensions with the United States and NATO increase, his country would send troops not only to Venezuela but to Cuba as well, which sparked discomfort in Caracas and Washington, but applause from the administration of Nicolás Maduro.
That is how the chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, declared at a press conference at the end of a meeting of the Alliance Defense chiefs, which “It is not NATO territory, Venezuela and Cuba, but I can imagine that there are allied countries that are concerned about such a possibility” and considered “worrying if Russia takes missiles to other countries that may have an impact on security.”
In the same vein, the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, from Caracas, rejected the intentions of the Russian Government and has demanded that the Bolivarian National Armed Forces respond to the Russian attempt.
For his part, andhe Venezuelan Defense Minister, General-in-Chief Vladimir Padrino López, through his Twitter account wrote that, “Russia shows the possibility of deepening the military cooperation relations of our nations, which already exist” and he also called the members of the opposition ‘unpatriotic’, alluding to the fact that they cannot speak of sovereignty when they themselves have requested a military intervention and economic sanctions against the Chavista regime.
Russia and Venezuela, a long and strong relationship
Relations between Russia and Venezuela are not new, they have existed since the era of Hugo Chávez and have remained just as strong until today, to the point that last year progress was made in the construction of a Kalashnikov rifle factory, which was expected to be ready by mid-2022.
This relationship between the two countries has allowed The Venezuelan arsenal is made up of Sukhoi-30 warplanes and T-72B1-V war tanks, which would add some 250 units in addition to S-300 batteries, as well as missile launchers, a radar system and an automated command center, according to information from El Tiempo.
Joseph Humire, executive director of the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS), quoted by El Tiempo, pointed out that Russian military assets are on the border with Colombia with p 18 mobile radars, with radio reconnaissance units. “So don’t be fooled by the hype that Russia is considering sending military assets to Cuba and Venezuela. They’ve been doing this for years.”