RUSSIA has secretly installed nuclear missiles in Venezuela a US politician has sensationally claimed in a chilling echo of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Republican congressman Mario Diaz-Balart said he believes Vladimir Putin’s hidden nukes are now a direct threat to the “national security” of the United States.

He made his astonishing allegations hours after Venezuela was pushed to the brink of civil war when opposition leader Juan Guaido called for rival Nicolas Maduro to be ousted from office. Diaz-Balart told Fox News if Maduro stays in power it could be “an open door for the Russians and for the Chinese and for others to increase their activity against our national security interest.” Journalist Tucker Carlson then asked: “Are you suggesting they are going to invade?” “The closest we ever came to nuclear war was because the Russians put missiles, right, nuclear missiles in Cuba,” replied Diaz-Balart. “Are you saying the Russians will put nuclear missiles in Venezuela?” Carlson asked.

“What I am suggesting is that they are already there,” answered Diaz-Balart, without offering any evidence to back up his claim. Putin’s very open support of President Maduro has long been compared to the 1962 crisis sparked by the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles on Cuba. Diaz-Balart’s claims also come after Russia landed two nuclear bombers in Venezuelain a show of defiance to Donald Trump.

The Tu-160 Russian bombers landed in Caracas in December as Putin publicly paraded his support of the socialist president. Their arrival on Venezuelan soil came just a week after under-fire Maduro travelled to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart. However, international observers are quick to point out the pair’s relationship is one based on finance rather than friendship. The Kremlin has billions at stake after it sank a fortune into loans propping up Maduro – money it stands to lose if he is ever ousted from power.

Putin has already handed Venezuela more than £13bn in credit underwritten by its huge oil reserves – reportedly the largest in the world. Maduro’s military is also said to owe the Kremlin £8bn for tanks, missile defence systems and fighter jets it has purchased in recent years. Any repayments will almost certainly be lost if Guaido takes power  – with all future army orders likely going straight to the Pentagon. Venezuela’s military bases, airfields and ports are also seem as an ideal staging-post for Russian forces in the region.

Mikael Wigell, of  the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, told RFE/RL: “Establishing close relations with Venezuela gives Moscow a certain nuisance power in relation to the United States, and that can be used as a bargaining chip in future dealings with the United States. “It also can be kind of a showcase for Russia’s aspirations to be considered a global power.” Not surprisingly, Russia has repeatedly and openly supported Venezuela’s sovereignty, maintaining that the country should be allowed to develop without any external interference.

The support of the Russians is much welcome for Maduro who has found himself increasingly isolated since Donald Trump’s election.

Dina Amelia Kalmeta is the Founder and CEO of Your New Life in Christ Ministries - CWW7NEWS. Dina reports on world events as they pertain to Bible Prophecy. Before Your New Life in Christ Ministries, Dina served as a Leader for INCHRIST NETWORK leading teams online and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her mission today is to bring hard evidence that what is taking place in the world isn't just coincidence, but indeed proof that the last days the Bible warned us about are upon us right now.