Tuesday, July 25, 2006
More proof Russia is no friend of the US - as if we needed it
Venezuela's very own anti-US dictator is hangin' out with Putin and the Russians today and buying war toys.
That's right. Hugo Chavez is in Russia to complete major arms deals.
Chavez hit Moscow after meeting with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, another anti-US dictator.
Apparently, this is part of a world tour for Chavez that includes face time with friendly governments like Qatar and Iran.
Flush with petrodollars, Chavez plans to spend about $1 billion on Russian arms - which Putin is happy to sell him, in spite of US requests not to. That will likely cover 30 Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets and 30 helicopters. Chavez also wants to buy 100,000 Russian-made AK-103 assault rifles and make a deal with the Russians to set up factories in Venezuela to produce Kalashnikovs under licence.
Since Venezuela has no particularly threatening neighbors, what Chavez is planning on doing with all this military hardware is open to question...but I think I know the answer.