Monday, June 3, 2019

Rostec Says Media Reports Overestimate Its Presence in Venezuela by Dozens Times

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Media reports overestimate numbers of Russian state-owned technology conglomerate Rostec's staff working in Venezuela "by dozens times," Rostec press service said on Monday.

"The Wall Street journal overestimated the numbers of Rostec staff in Venezuela by dozens times. The composition of our presence there remains unchanged for many years. As for technical experts, they come to the country from time to time in order to repair previously delivered equipment and provide technical maintenance. For example, we have recently completed technical maintenance of a batch of aircraft," the press service said.

The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an unnamed source, on Sunday that Russia had withdrawn key defense experts of Rostec from Venezuela, thus allegedly bringing the number of Rostec experts working there to "just a few dozens" from around 1,000.

Venezuela has been suffering from a severe political crisis since late January, when US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido illegally proclaimed himself interim leader in a bid to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power.

The United States and other countries have endorsed Guaido and called on Maduro to step down to allow for a new election to be organized. China, Bolivia, Russia, Turkey and numerous other countries have, in turn, voiced their support for Maduro as Venezuela's only legitimate president.

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