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President of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly confirms arrival of Russian jets

March 26, 4:26 UTC+3 CARACAS

"Two jets from Russia have landed in Venezuela, which was approved by the only legal government in Venezuela - the government of Nicolas Maduro," Diosdado Cabello said

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CARACAS, March 26. /TASS/. Two Russian jets have arrived in Venezuela with the approval of President Nicolas Maduro’s government, President of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello said on Monday.

"Two jets from Russia have landed in Venezuela, which was approved by the only legal government in Venezuela - the government of Nicolas Maduro," he said in a statement aired by the Venezolana de Television TV channel.

The El Comercio newspaper reported earlier that an Antonov An-124 and an Ilyushin Il-62 aircraft carrying Russian troops and 35 tonnes of cargoes arrived in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on March 23.

The Associated Press (AP) news agency said later citing a Venezuelan official that two Russian jets "arrived in Caracas as part of ongoing military cooperation between the two allies." "Russian military officials are visiting to discuss equipment maintenance and training, and strategy," AP added.

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