Hugo Chavez Buys ‘Little Rockets’ From Russia

September 12, 2009

(ChattahBox)— Venezuela’s strongman leader, President Hugo Chavez announced a new arms deal on Friday with Moscow to buy Russian missiles and tanks to use, as “defense tools” to defend the South American country from attacks.

Chavez just returned from a ten day-tour of Africa, Asia and Europe, which included a stop in Russia. The country finalized a deal to purchase a number of Russian missiles with a range of 186 miles.

Chavez announced the arms deal on his presidential balcony before a cheering group of supporters saying, “We signed some military agreements with Russia. Well, soon some little rockets are going to be arriving,”

Chavez is also negotiating with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to purchase 100 T-72 and T-90 tanks.

Chavez announced his Russian arms deal, as tensions have increased between Chavez and the neighboring country of Colombia, over an agreement with the U.S. granting troops access to more Colombian bases to assist in the fight against drug traffickers and left-wing guerrillas.

Chavez is incensed at the increased military presence of U.S. troops in Columbia, claiming they could be used to stage an attack against Venezuela.

Chavez says the weapons purchase is for defensive purposes. “We are not going to attack anybody, these are just defense tools, because we are going to defend our country from any threat, wherever it may come from,” said Chavez.

Russian weapon purchases are nothing new for Venezuela. Since 2005, Chavez has purchased more than $4 billion worth of weapons from the Russian government.

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