The Wall Street Journal greatly exaggerated the number of Rostec staff present in Venezuela, reported RBC news agency with reference to the press service of the Russian defense conglomarte.
“The make-up of the representative office has not changed in years,” the press service emphasized.
The Rostec representative added that some technical experts periodically arrive in the country to repair and maintain equipment. A few days ago, maintenance work was carried out on several aircraft, according to the company.
Earlier, the American newspaper wrote that Russia had significantly reduced the number of its military advisers in Venezuela. According to the WSJ, out of the 1,000 Russian specialists involved in training the Venezuelan military and securing weapons contracts Rostec, there are currently a few dozen remaining in the country. The newspaper’s source in the Russian Defense Ministry explained that the specialists were leaving because there were no new contracts or proposals.
Russian Ambassador to Venezuela Vladimir Zaemsky would later deny the withdrawal of military experts from the country. He added that “all existing commitments are being met.”