Two Russian planes landed at Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday carrying troops

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Two planes left from a Russian military airport bound for Caracas on Friday, and another plane left Caracas on Sunday.

Reporter Javier Mayorca wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the first plane carried Vasily Tonkoshkurov, chief of staff of the ground forces, adding the second was a cargo plane carrying 35 tonnes of material.

An Ilyushin IL-62 passenger jet and an Antonov AN-124 military cargo plane left for Caracas on Friday from Russian military airport Chkalovsky. The cargo plane left Caracas on Sunday afternoon.

The flights carried officials who arrived to “exchange consultations,” wrote Russian government-owned news agency Sputnik, which quoted an unnamed source at the Russian embassy.

A Reuters witness saw what appeared to be the passenger jet at the Maiquetia airport on Sunday.

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