Marine helicopter lands on the lawn outside the White House (Picture: US Department of Defense).
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US Calls On Russia To Pull Troops From Venezuela

President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that "Russia has to get out".

Marine helicopter lands on the lawn outside the White House (Picture: US Department of Defense).

During a meeting at the White House, President Trump told reporters that Russia "has to get out" of Venezuela (Picture: US Department of Defense).

The United States has called on Russia to pull its troops from Venezuela. 

It comes after two Russian Air Force planes landed outside the country's capital of Caracas on Saturday, carrying nearly 100 Russian troops. 

President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that "Russia has to get out".

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence called on countries around the world to stop supporting President Nicolas Maduro's regime.

He singled out Russia, saying: "The United States views Russia's arrival of military planes this weekend as an unwelcome provocation and calls on Russia today to cease all support for the Maduro regime."

US Vice President Mike Pence called on Russia to "cease all support of the Maduro regime" (Picture: US Department of Defense).
US Vice President Mike Pence called on Russia to "cease all support of the Maduro regime" (Picture: US Department of Defense).

Russia's foreign ministry says it sent the personnel in accordance with the Venezuelan constitution and a bilateral agreement with the government there.

Their comments came during a meeting at the White House with Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

President Trump and Mr Pence lavished praise on Ms Rosales who has emerged as a prominent figure in her husband's campaign.

"We are with Venezuela," said President Trump at the start of a meeting with Ms Rosales and other opposition figures.

"What's happening there should not be happening."

The US was the first nation to recognise Mr Guaido as interim president, asserting that Mr Maduro's re-election last year was illegitimate.

They have since stepped up sanctions and other diplomatic measures in the hope of forcing him to give up power.

President Trump said the Venezuelan people have been through "unfathomable" trials under Mr Maduro as food and medicine have become scarce, crime has soared and, more recently, blackouts have struck most of the country.

An estimated three million people have fled Venezuela, most to neighbouring countries but thousands to the US as well.