Why Moscow does not throw Maduro.
The topic of Moscow’s influence on the leadership of Venezuela continues the Times, reports the BBC Russian service.
Russia has substantial political and financial reasons for maintaining the regime of Maduro. While Putin’s popularity rating is falling, he wants to prevent the overthrow of entrenched authoritarian governments, fearing that this infection may one day be in Russia. Venezuela also plays an important geopolitical role in South America.
In December, the Kremlin sent two TU-160 bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons that worried the United States. According to reports, in January, when the protests began, Russia has helped Maduro Venezuelan sell gold at $ 1.2 billion, the newspaper said.
In April, about 100 Russian soldiers arrived in Caracas under the pretext of long-term interaction in the sphere of defense, but most of all, the main purpose of their visit is business Maduro to counter attempts to overthrow. As reported by us authorities, arrived among the representatives of the military special forces, including security professionals, reports the Times.
Critical for Russia to protect its economic ties. During Chavez’s Venezuela in large quantities bought Russian weapons, like fighter jets, tanks and air defense systems. Even more important is the fact that Russia and the state company “Rosneft” since 2006, Venezuela has provided loans to 16 billion dollars, for which the country is paying the supply of oil. Over the past nine years, “Rosneft”, according to some estimates, spent about $ 9 billion on the provision of loans, purchase of assets and projects. The company controls a significant portion of oil production, the newspaper writes.
Strategic partnership personally supervises the head of Rosneft and close Putin ally Igor Sechin. He allegedly often browse the official correspondence with Maduro saying “Viva la revolución” (long live revolution!), according to the newspaper.
Because of the crisis, oil production in Venezuela declined sharply, which raises doubts about the country’s ability to pay Russia for billions of dollars of loans. And Moscow understands that new friendly to the United States government, may not want to rush to fulfill the obligations, sums up the Times.