U.S. Officials Claim Russia Is Responsible For Venezuela Escalation -- Can Trump And Putin Find Common Ground?

The U.S. and Russia are going at it over the future of Venezuela. The situation is not improving with Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin wanting different things.

source: The Christian Broadcasting Network

Recent reports that the Russian military now has an additional presence in Venezuela have gotten some worried.

According to official accounts, Russia has sent out a group of military planes which are now deployed in Venezuela, although the Russian government has provided no official statement regarding their intentions in the region.

This comes not long after the announcement by the U.S. government that Maduro is no longer recognized as the actual leader of Venezuela from their side.

Some have speculated that Russia’s advances into the region could be in response to that, with some commenters claiming that the Russian administration is trying to make matters worse in an already unstable country.

It is no secret that Russia officially supports the regime under Maduro. 

Various reports indicate that Russian armored vehicles have arrived in the region and have established their presence. 

A State Department spokesman said: "The United States condemns Russia’s deployment of military aircraft and personnel to Caracas, which is another contradiction of both Nicolas Maduro’s and Russia’s calls for non-intervention in Venezuela and is a reckless escalation of the situation."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reacted to this statement by explaining: "Washington's attempts to stage a coup in Venezuela and threats against its legitimate government were a violation of the UN Charter and blatant interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state."

The response by the U.S. does not seem to have done much to ease the tension in the region either.

So far, President Donald Trump continues his demands for Maduro to step down from his position and to shift power over to Juan Guaido, who has seen strong support from the West. 

Some have been critical of Trump’s involvement in the situation too, claiming that the U.S. president is mostly to blame for the destabilization of the Venezuelan government. 

Many eyes remain firmly fixed on the situation, although it does not seem like observers are going to see an improvement anytime soon. 

Meanwhile, reports of a possible escalation have gotten more and more common in recent times.

Do you think it is right or wrong for the Trump administration to be so involved in Venezuela?