Newspaper La Jornada
Sunday, January 23, 2022, p. 17

Moscow. The Russian ambassador to Venezuela, Sergei Melik-Bagdasárov, considered it possible for the two countries to intensify their military cooperation in the face of a possible increase in pressure from the United States. Without a doubt, the diplomat assured in statements to the Soloviov Live YouTube channel.

On January 13, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Riabkov mentioned a hypothetical deployment of Russian military infrastructure in Cuba and Venezuela.

From the first moment of the hysteria that has broken out in the West, in the United States, following the words of Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, Venezuelan politicians and members of the Cabinet have telephoned me, I have met with them and they have communicated their firm and unequivocal, explained Melik-Bagdasárov.

When asked about what the concrete forms of military cooperation would be, the ambassador pointed out that they could be multiple.

Venezuela has a well-developed port infrastructure, with deep-water ports, civil ports, various bases of the Venezuelan Navy. There is everything that could be needed, he stressed.

However, the Russian diplomat stressed that the Venezuelan Constitution prohibits the deployment of foreign military bases in that sovereign territory.

As for the Russian military bases, the answer is obvious, for this it is enough to take a look at the Constitution of Venezuela that explicitly says that there should not and cannot be military bases in its territory, he pointed out.

Hours earlier, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, indicated that in the current situation of political-military tension in Eastern Europe, Russia thinks about its security, but, regarding the possible deployment of the Russian military infrastructure in Cuba and Venezuela, It cannot be forgotten that these are sovereign countries.