Venezuela’s Maduro meets Russia’s Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Venezuela’s leader Nicolas Maduro in Moscow, Wednesday, September 25, amid the ongoing political crisis in the South American nation. Maduro arrived in Moscow a day before the talks with Putin on Wednesday in a surprise visit.
The Trump administration is more than tripling U.S. support for pro-democracy work in Venezuela and for the first time directly funding opposition leader Juan Guaido as he attempts to set up a government to rival the socialist administration of Nicolas Maduro.
The $52 million in new aid was announced Tuesday by Mark Green, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, following a meeting in New York with Guaido’s envoy Carlos Vecchio, whom the Trump administration recognizes as Venezuela’s ambassador in Washington.
The funding was mostly repurposed from aid originally earmarked for Honduras and Guatemala that President Donald Trump cut last year after accusing the Central American countries of failing to stem the flow of migrants to the U.S.