Chavez, Putin and Monroe

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Just a few days after rumors spread of Russia basing its strategic bombers in Cuba, Hugo Chavez shows up in Moscow trumpeting a strategic partnership to defend against American aggression, while his “friend Vladimir” declares that he wants to strengthen the two countries’ “military and technical” ties. But behind the headlines, the Russians are more motivated to develop an energy partnership with Venezuela, as is demonstrated by the fact that Chavez left Moscow with a handful of energy deals, but no military hardware. The weapons purchases are still in the works, but according to this Kommersant article, Chavez’s ties to […]


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