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Chavez: Russia Will Protect Him From US

From a delighted Associated Press:

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (left) meets with President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez outside Moscow. Chavez passed on a message from Cuban leader Fidel Castro hailing Russia’s greater role in world affairs.

Chavez says Venezuela needs Russia for protection

By MANSUR MIROVALEV, Associated Press Writer Tue Jul 22

MEIENDORF CASTLE, Russia – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called on Tuesday for a strategic alliance with Russia to protect the South American country from the United States.

Chavez is expected to reach a number of agreements for purchasing military hardware while in Russia, according to Russian news media reports. One newspaper reported that the deals could be worth up to $2 billion.

That way we can guarantee Venezuela’s sovereignty, which is now threatened by the United States,” Chavez was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying. The U.S. stopped supplying arms to Venezuela in 2006.

While welcoming Chavez at his castle resort in the Moscow region, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Russian-Venezuelan relations “are one of the key factor of security in the (South American) region.”

Russia’s daily Kommersant reported Tuesday that Chavez is looking to order up to $2 billion worth of Ilyushin jets, diesel-powered submarines, TOR-M1 air defense systems and possibly tanks

We want peace, but we are forced to strengthen our defense,” Chavez said when asked about the potential deals.

Venezuela, which spent $4 billion on international arms purchases between 2005 and 2007, mostly from Russia and China, has a defense budget of $2.6 billion, according to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Chavez also wants to discuss the possibility of creating a joint bank, according to Alexis Navarro, Venezuela’s ambassador to Moscow.

In addition, the two sides are expected to discuss three energy deals involving three Russian companies — Gazprom, Lukoil, and TNK-BP — and Venezuela’s state-run oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA, the Kremlin said…

Aren’t we glad we bailed Russia out of their troubles? (For the second time in 75 years.)

Aren’t we glad we did everything in our power to get them into the World Trade Organization and every other position on the world stage?

As always, they are paying us back nicely.

They are such good friends.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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