US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo spoke with the Russian Foreign Minister on Monday and called on Russia “to cease its unconstructive behavior” in Venezuela, State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said in a statement.

The statement added that the United States “will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela.”

It further stated that “The continued insertion of Russian military personnel to support the dishonest regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela risks prolonging the suffering of the Venezuelan people who overwhelmingly support interim President Juan Guaido”.

Russian planes arrived on Saturday at Simon Bolivar International Airport near Caracas.

According to the source, the military came to consult with representatives of Venezuela on military-technical cooperation.

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