Russia continues to be an adversary of the United states. It keeps trying to encroach on the Western Hemisphere and create instability in the region.
When I served onboard a radar picket ship in the Pacific during the 1950s, we tracked and reported Russian bear bombers making practice runs approaching the West Coast of the United States. In the early 1960s Russia installed missile batteries in Cuba that threatened the United States. We implemented a naval blockade and Russia was forced to remove the missiles.
Once again, Russia is becoming militarily involved in the Western Hemisphere. They have bilateral agreements with Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro, which they are expanding. On March 23, two Russian air force planes landed in Venezuela carrying 100 special forces personnel to help bolster the Maduro regime.
We have to help the democratic forces in Venezuela oust Maduro so we can get the Russians out of Venezuela. The Russians are a threat to the countries in that region and could threaten us and our interests in the Western Hemisphere.
President Trump told the Russians to get out of Venezuela. I commend him for realizing the adversarial threat Russia poses to the United States.
DONALD MOSKOWITZ Londonderry, N.H.