Moscow has long been a sponsor of Maduro. Russia supplies oil to Venezuela and supports the military industry.

In 2019, Russia already sent troops to Venezuela to service the military equipment of a friendly country.

The United States did not like the friendly relations of the two countries. Therefore, the United States government has repeatedly made statements against military supplies from Russia to Venezuela.

Meeting with the Venezuelan President in Moscow, Putin said that he considers the refusal to cooperate to be irrational and harmful to both countries.