BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that the NATO forces should come together to confront the “emerging threats” posed by the Russian military and China in Venezuela.

READ MORE: US threatens to counter Russia over military deployment Venezuela

“We must adapt our alliance to confront emerging threats … whether that’s Russian aggression, uncontrolled migration, cyberattacks, threats to energy security, Chinese strategic competition, including technology and 5G, and many other issues,” Pompeo said.

Pompeo issued the warning during a meeting of the NATO foreign ministers in Washington on Thursday as they celebrated the 70th year of the alliance.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Pompeo said NATO members had agreed Russian troops needed to withdraw from Venezuela, where they were deployed in support of President Nicolás Maduro, who is under pressure from a coalition of more than 50 countries, including the United States, to step down.

READ MORE: Russian military not ruling out more troops to Venezuela amid increased tensions with US

Pompeo said the Venezuela topic was raised during discussions on ways to respond to Moscow’s increased foreign military activity in places such as the Black Sea, where Russia seized three Ukrainian naval vessels last November.

Venezuela’s deputy foreign minister, Ivan Gil, said on Thursday that Russian forces would stay in Venezuela as long as needed and did not rule out the possibility more could be added, Interfax news agency reported.

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NATO is a mutual defense alliance and not a private mercenary force of the US.

The US is neither attacked in Venezuela nor is US security threatened in Venezuela.

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I 100% agree with you, moreover, unless a NATO country is attacked, only UNSC and EU have the right to summon NATO. Pompeo should maybe read NATO charter. He can always send the new Erik Prince private army based in the UAE or his own militaries if he wants to start a war with Russia and China, at our level, we’re not interested. The Russophobia which started a few years ago in the USA is ridiculous, Russia has the 10th of US military budget, but if this idiot goes on poking Putin, they can send a few An-124 filled with… Read more »

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@Daeshbags-Sux, more than a little.

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Well, it’s obvious they should consider followng the advises of Pr.Chalmers Johnson : one country cannot be a republic and an empire at once…

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Let’s say that I like the republic and I don’t like the empire.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, thx. Did not know him but sums up all.

Yes. After the end of the communist menace the US transformed into one. Russia is only reacting. And the EU must react too.

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The impressing thing for me is that C.Johnson was CIA and “Dismantling the Empire” is a recommanded reading for their personnel…

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They (US) are trying to involve NATO in Venezuelan coup now…

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@prince teutonic, nobody – even the ones against Maduro will involve NATO into attack. Unless they want to sign their political death sentence at home.

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Any way, NATO would have no legal grounds to act :
1.) I don’t think Maduro would be enough dumb to launch a raid of 4 Su-30 with his only KC-135 on Miami or eventually Houston w. the KC-135 refilling in Cuba, so no Ch.5 of NATO charter.

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2.) 100% Veto-assured at the UNSC
3.) EU is really unlikely to summon NATO for this.
=> Case closed.

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@prince teutonic : In fact, it looks more like the Trump admin is doing everything to have Russia installing a permanent base. Never thought that some of Trump provocations…

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are deliberately tailored to have a contrary effect to what the provocation is all about?

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Does Pompeo snorts cocaine? He starts showing the same symptoms as Erdogan.

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It’s no wonder that the Turks hate the US.There will be a real story about Handmaid’s Tale.https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201904031073767110-us-radiation-spread/

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It’s no wonder everybody ends hating the Turks, especially their neighbours. Just learn about Armenian, Greek, Assyrian and Kurd… GENOCIDES… Moreover, they’re illegally occupying European countries

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like Cyprus, Greece (Thrace/Constantinople) and Germany where they reproduce like rabbits or cockroaches : you have Kebabs everywhere, which are often a cover-up for heroin trafficking.

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The sooner we balkanise Turkey, the better. Turks should do like Jews : return to their country of origin! Jews are back to Israel, Turks should go back to Mongolia.

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Note : I think that Chernobyl alone has spread more radiations than all DU shells ever shot and when one considers all the Soviet aerial nuclear tests, including a 50 megatons one…

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added to the Nova Zemlya test range and the nuclear submarines graveyard around Murmansk, the Russian spread radiations in all the seas, so Sputnik is poorly placed to

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lecture the Yankees since the most of world population lives near the sea-shores.

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Nevertheless, neither the Yankees, nor the Russians have beaten the 3 most evil creatures in history, from the lesser to the worst : Genghis Khan, Hitler and Muhammad.

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Even Atatürk who was a true blue motherfucker used to say that Muhammad was the most evil thing ever.

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Winston Churchill said about Muslims: “Islam is as dangerous in a man as rabies in a dog.

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Note : I’m against the use of depleted uranium : I prefer napalm because I like the smell of napalm in the morning.