"Russia is establishing a long-term military deployment on the Venezuelan island of La Orchila, in the Caribbean"
A response to the US government's decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
December 18, 2018 - by Novaya Gozeta for Aporrea
According to information released by Russian press sources, the Russian government has decided to establish a long-term military presence on the Venezuelan island of La Orchila, located 200 kilometers northeast of Caracas.
The role of the Venezuelan government itself is not clarified in the notes. The measure appears to be a response to the US government's decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and as a deterrent to continued threats from the US government. against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
According to the Russian state news agency TASS "the Russian authorities have made a decision (and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro did not object) to deploy strategic aircraft to one of the islands of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea, which has a naval base and a military airfield. "