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Chávez: We’re buying Russian tanks

August 6, 2009

Venezuela Russia Agence France-Presse reports that Chávez hopes to finalize the arms sale and several other trade pacts with Russia on mining, oil, and agriculture in September, when he is set to visit Moscow.

Under the new deal, Venezuela would buy a modern battalion of “30 to 40” Russian-made BMP-3, T-72 and MPR tanks, Chavez said following a telephone conversation with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

“Our army will continue to grow,” vowed Chavez, who is leading a leftist surge in Latin America and repeatedly lambasts the United States for perceived “imperialist” policies in the region.

The Agence France-Presse adds that Chávez called the US-Colombia military base plan a “threat” to Venezuela, and criticized US President Barack Obama, saying “The [US] policy of aggression against Latin America is the same… It’s as if no change had occurred from (former president George W.) Bush to Obama. It’s all the same.”

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