Putin and Maduro Did Not Discuss Issue of Deployment of Russian Bases in Venezuela
11:07 GMT 21.01.2022 (Updated: 11:25 GMT 21.01.2022)
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The issue of the deployment of Russian military bases in Venezuela was not discussed in a recent phone conversation between presidents Vladimir Putin and Nicolas Maduro, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
Putin and Maduro held a phone conversation on Thursday.
"No, this issue was not specifically touched upon, was not raised. On the whole, bilateral Russian-Venezuelan cooperation is very multifaceted and partnership-based. The most diverse aspects of this interaction were discussed yesterday during the conversation", Peskov told reporters.
The Russian Foreign Ministry earlier said it wouldn't rule out deploying Russian forces to Venezuela and Cuba as tensions with Washington worsen over Ukraine and considerable NATO activity near Russian territory
. Moscow noted, however, that the possibility of such a deployment depends on Washington's response to its security guarantee proposals.
The draft agreements proposed by Moscow stipulate that troop and missile deployments on both sides should be severely limited and suggest that NATO not expand eastwards or set up bases near the Russian border.
Situation in Donbass
Peskov also referred to the plan to recognise the republic of Donbass, but stressed that, at the moment, the priority is to prevent any further escalation.
"But I would like to emphasise that while the situation is so tense and sensitive, it is important to avoid any step that could provoke an increase of tensions", Peskov told the press, adding that it is important to avoid attempting to "gain political points" in this situation.
Ukraine has been waging a war against the Donetsk People's Republic and the Lugansk People's Republic since 2014 when they proclaimed independence following a violent coup in Kiev. In October 2020, the tensions escalated in the area, after the Ukrainian military boosted its operations, reportedly using UAVs to launch attacks against Donbass.