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US slams Russia-Venezuela arms deal

Posted by seumasach on July 23, 2008

The USA looks on, helplessly, at a counter-globalisation process of nations collaborating for mutual security and benefit in the face of the fading empire.


23rd July



Gonzalo Gallegos

The US State Department has rebuked Russia’s decision to sell a package of sophisticated arms, worth 2 billion dollars, to Venezuela. 

The US government says Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez does not truly need the weapons and has high ambitions that “go beyond his country’s defensive needs,” according to DPA news agency. 

The State Department spokesman, Gonzalo Gallegos, said: “We’ve repeatedly communicated concerns with Russia about Chavez’s arms build-up in the past, and we’re going to continue to do so.” 

The deal, which was finalized in Moscow between Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Hugo Chavez, includes sales of 20 air-defense systems, 12 military transport planes and 24 fighter jets. 

Chavez has recently tried to build stronger ties with Russia against “US plots to invade Venezuela”. 

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