Russia to help beef up Venezuela’s armed forces

MOSCOW  Russia plans to take steps to strengthen Venezuela’s armed forces, RIA news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Friday.

Russia is a staunch ally of embattled socialist President Nicolas Maduro and has backed him alongside China, while most western powers have backed opposition leader Juan Guaido.

“I want to underline that I am talking specifically about work with equipment which was delivered there,” Ryabkov was quoted as saying.

Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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