Russia denies sending mercenaries to shore up Nicolás Maduro's position

Kremlin concerned that political crisis could erode Russian influence and investments in Venezuela

The Russian government has denied that it has sent mercenaries to protect the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, after an opposition leader with backing from the United States declared himself the country’s president.

Russia has thrown its diplomatic weight behind Maduro in recent days, criticising the US for violating Venezuela’s sovereignty by supporting the leadership claim of opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

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