Hugo Chavez Denies Offering Russians Permanent Bomber Base

March 16, 2009

(ChattahBox)–Venezuelan Strongman, Hugo Chavez denied recent claims made by the Russians, that he offered them a permanent bomber base, while speaking during his Sunday radio and TV address. Chavez claims instead, he recently spoke to Russian president, Dmitri Medvedev offering the Russians bomber landing rights in Venezuela, if required. What is not clear is: whether the Russian Military was speaking out of turn, perhaps after a night of heavy vodka drinking, or if they were taking an opportunity to tweak the U.S.,or both. The pentagon, when asked of the controversy, stated the U.S. doesn’t respond to hypotheticals.

What is clear, is that these recent statements made by the Russians, come just two weeks before U.S. President Barak Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev plan to meet for the first time, in London at the economic summit. Medvedev publicly stated he would be seeking concessions from Obama, regarding the United States’ previous plans to establish bases in Eastern Europe.

What is also known, is two Russian strategic bombers landed on Venezuela’s naval air strip on the Island of La Orchila in September, 2008, engaging in a week’s long patrol and flight exercises. Russian President Dmitri Medvedev also visited Venezuela and Cuba last year, along with Russian navy ships. The exercises were intended to forge new relations between Russia and Latin America.

The upcoming economic summit meeting between Obama and Medvedev should soon shed some light on all this Russian “bomber bases” talk.


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