Jun 22, 2007

Chavez Considering Submarine Purchase During Moscow Visit

What a great idea! Russian submarines have earned such a great reputation for quality and not becoming undersea tombs for their passengers...

VOA: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he could buy a fleet of Russian submarines when he meets with President Vladimir Putin later this month in Moscow.

In recent years, Venezuela has purchased 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles from Russia, along with military helicopters and Sukhoi fighter jets. Venezuela has said it is planning to build a Kalashnikov rifle and ammunition factory.

Last year, the US banned arms sales to the Venezuelan government, citing its links to Iran and Cuba. The US says arms sales to Venezuela do not help stability in South America.

Venezuela's president is a fierce critic of the Bush administration and says it supported the coup against him in 2002. US officials have denied the charge.

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