Colombia accuses Russia of practicing "foreign interference" on its border with Venezuela What's the story?

كولومبيا تتهم روسيا بممارسة "تدخل أجنبي" على حدودها مع فنزويلا.. ما القصة؟ اتهم وزير الدفاع الكولومبي روسيا بممارسة "تدخل أجنبي" على حدود بلاده مع فنزويلا، في منطقة تشهد مواجهة دامية بين جماعات مسلحة إحداها جيش التحرير الوطني المدعوم من كراكاس، فيما نفت السفارة الروسية لدى بوغوتا الادعاءات.  اتّهمت كولومبيا روسيا بممارسة "تدخل أجنبي" على حدودها مع فنزويلا، في تصريحات نفتها السفارة الروسية لدى بوغوتا الجمعة.  وقال وزير الدفاع الكولومبي دييغو مولانو الخميس "نعرف أن بعض العناصر والوحدات العسكرية التابعة للقوات العسكرية البوليفارية (الفنزويلية) حُشدت باتجاه الحدود (بين كولومبيا وفنزويلا) بدعم من روسيا".  ونقلًا عن مصادر في الاستخبارات، ندّد مولانو بـ"تدخّل أجنبي" روسي في هذه المنطقة التي تشهد منذ مطلع يناير/كانون الثاني مواجهة دامية بين جماعات مسلحة إحداها جيش التحرير الوطني المدعوم من كراكاس، بحسب السلطات الكولومبية.  وفي بيان نُشر الجمعة أعربت السفارة الروسية لدى كولومبيا عن "تشكيكها" في هذه التصريحات "غير المسؤولة".  وأعربت عن أسفها لـ"المحاولات المتكررة" من جانب الحكومة الكولومبية "لاتهام الاتحاد الروسي (...) بتدخل مفترض في الشؤون الداخلية لكولومبيا".  وأضافت البعثة الروسية أن ما صدر عن كولومبيا هو "تصريحات غير مسؤولة لعضو في الحكومة" منتقدة الوزير مولانو "لسعيه الدؤوب" للعثور على أعداء "وهميين" وإدلائه بتصريحات "بدون أي تحقق".  ومنذ مطلع يناير/كانون الثاني، يتواجه جيش التحرير الوطني وهو فصيل متأثر بأفكار تشي غيفارا الثورية، مع منشقين عن القوات المسلحة الثورية (فارك) يرفضون اتفاق السلام الموقع عام 2016 مع الجماعة المسلحة الماركسية، للسيطرة على أراضي إقليم أراوكا الذي يفصله نهر عن فنزويلا.  وبفعل هذا القرب الجغرافي، فإن إقليم أراوكا يشهد الكثير من عمليات الاتجار والتهريب ويتضمن طريقاً مهماً لتصدير المخدرات المصنّعة في كولومبيا.  وأسفرت أعمال العنف بين هذه العصابات وهي بشكل أساسي عمليات قتل موجّهة، عن نحو 70 قتيلاً خلال شهر واحد. وتدور أعمال عنف أيضاً في فنزويلا المجاورة، حيث تملك الجماعتان، حسب بوغوتا، قواعد خلفية. لكن حكومة نيكولاس مادورو حليفة موسكو، ترفض هذه الاتهامات.  وقطعت بوغوتا أحد الحلفاء الرئيسيين للولايات المتحدة في أمريكا اللاتينية، وكراكاس علاقاتهما الدبلوماسية بعيد وصول الرئيس المحافظ إيفان دوكي إلى الحكم في أغسطس/آب 2018.     Colombia accuses Russia of practicing "foreign interference" on its border with Venezuela What's the story?  The Colombian Defense Minister accused Russia of practicing "foreign interference" on his country's borders with Venezuela, in an area witnessing a bloody confrontation between armed groups, one of which is the National Liberation Army backed by Caracas, while the Russian embassy in Bogota denied the allegations.  Colombia accused Russia of "foreign interference" on its border with Venezuela, in statements denied by the Russian embassy in Bogota on Friday.  "We know that some elements and military units of the (Venezuelan) Bolivarian military forces have been mobilized towards the border (between Colombia and Venezuela) with the support of Russia," Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano said Thursday.  Citing intelligence sources, Molano denounced Russian "foreign interference" in this region, which has witnessed since the beginning of January a bloody confrontation between armed groups, one of which is the National Liberation Army backed by Caracas, according to the Colombian authorities.  In a statement published Friday, the Russian embassy in Colombia expressed its "skepticism" of these "irresponsible" statements.  It deplored the "repeated attempts" by the Colombian government "to accuse the Russian Federation of supposed interference in Colombia's internal affairs."  The Russian mission added that what was issued by Colombia were "irresponsible statements by a member of the government", criticizing Minister Molano for his "tireless pursuit" to find "imaginary" enemies and making statements "without any verification".  Since the beginning of January, the National Liberation Army, a faction influenced by Che Guevara's revolutionary ideas, has been confronting defectors from the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) who reject the 2016 peace agreement with the Marxist armed group, to control the territory of the Arauca region, which is separated by a river from Venezuela.  Due to this geographical proximity, the Arauca region witnesses a lot of trafficking and smuggling operations and includes an important export route for drugs manufactured in Colombia.  The violence between these gangs, mainly targeted killings, resulted in about 70 people being killed in one month. Violence is also raging in neighboring Venezuela, where the two groups, according to Bogota, have rear bases. But the government of Nicolas Maduro, an ally of Moscow, rejects these accusations.  Bogota, one of the main allies of the United States in Latin America, and Caracas severed diplomatic relations after the arrival of conservative President Ivan Duque to power in August 2018.

Colombia accuses Russia of practicing "foreign interference" on its border with Venezuela What's the story?


The Colombian Defense Minister accused Russia of practicing "foreign interference" on his country's borders with Venezuela, in an area witnessing a bloody confrontation between armed groups, one of which is the National Liberation Army backed by Caracas, while the Russian embassy in Bogota denied the allegations.

Colombia accused Russia of "foreign interference" on its border with Venezuela, in statements denied by the Russian embassy in Bogota on Friday.

"We know that some elements and military units of the (Venezuelan) Bolivarian military forces have been mobilized towards the border (between Colombia and Venezuela) with the support of Russia," Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano said Thursday.

Citing intelligence sources, Molano denounced Russian "foreign interference" in this region, which has witnessed since the beginning of January a bloody confrontation between armed groups, one of which is the National Liberation Army backed by Caracas, according to the Colombian authorities.

In a statement published Friday, the Russian embassy in Colombia expressed its "skepticism" of these "irresponsible" statements.

It deplored the "repeated attempts" by the Colombian government "to accuse the Russian Federation of supposed interference in Colombia's internal affairs."

The Russian mission added that what was issued by Colombia were "irresponsible statements by a member of the government", criticizing Minister Molano for his "tireless pursuit" to find "imaginary" enemies and making statements "without any verification".

Since the beginning of January, the National Liberation Army, a faction influenced by Che Guevara's revolutionary ideas, has been confronting defectors from the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) who reject the 2016 peace agreement with the Marxist armed group, to control the territory of the Arauca region, which is separated by a river from Venezuela.

Due to this geographical proximity, the Arauca region witnesses a lot of trafficking and smuggling operations and includes an important export route for drugs manufactured in Colombia.

The violence between these gangs, mainly targeted killings, resulted in about 70 people being killed in one month. Violence is also raging in neighboring Venezuela, where the two groups, according to Bogota, have rear bases. But the government of Nicolas Maduro, an ally of Moscow, rejects these accusations.

Bogota, one of the main allies of the United States in Latin America, and Caracas severed diplomatic relations after the arrival of conservative President Ivan Duque to power in August 2018.
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