'Technicians' to fly out of Venezuela: Russian embassy

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AFP Caracas Jun 26, 2019, 11.26 PM (IST)

Russia is withdrawing its military "technicians" from Venezuela, flying them out to Moscow on Wednesday, the embassy in Caracas said.

"The Il-62 plane which is carrying Russian technicians who have been in Venezuela over the past months… is leaving Caracas for Moscow on June 26," the Russian embassy in Caracas said in a post on Facebook.

An embassy press attache told AFP "one plane" was departing for Moscow.

Russia had said earlier that military specialists were in Venezuela were "working on servicing equipment supplied earlier."

Trump had tweeted during a state visit to Britain that "Russia has informed us that they have removed most of their people from Venezuela." It was denied by Kremlin at the time.

However, this time the Russian embassy confirmed that they had pulled out its technicians from Venezuela.

Trump in March had called on Russia to "get out" of Venezuela after Moscow -- in a significant show of solidarity for Maduro's badly isolated government -- deployed around 100 soldiers to the country.

Russia's state defence contractor Rostec has played down any changes in deployment, dismissing a report in The Wall Street Journal saying that the overall Russian presence in Venezuela had been reduced from as many as 1,000 personnel to a few dozen.