Venezuela's Chavez says buying Russian missiles
Chavez said that his country is buying Russian missiles with a range of 300 kilometers as part of a series of arms deals with Moscow.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said on Friday that his country is buying Russian missiles with a range of 300 kilometers (186 miles) as part of a series of arms deals with Moscow.
Chavez, who on Friday returned from a ten day-tour of Africa, Asia and Europe that included a visit to Russia, is also negotiating the purchase of 100 T-72 and T-90 tanks from Moscow.
"We signed some military agreements with Russia. Well, soon some little rockets are going to be arriving," he said during a speech to supporters from a balcony at the presidential palace upon his return to Venezuela.
"Do you know how far they reach? 300 kilometers, and they don't fail."
"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," he said..
Chavez did not say how many missiles he had ordered or how much they cost. He spent over $4 billion dollars on Russian weapons in recent years after Washington barred him from buying U.S. equipment.
U.S. angered many Latin America states, including Venezuela, after it unveiled a plan on military base in Colombia.
Chavez says the U.S.-Colombia plan will increase the risk of war in South America and could be used to launch an attack on Venezuela.
Russian sales to Venezuela include 24 Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets, dozens of helicopters and 100,000 AK assault rifles .
Moscow has said it will sell Chavez whatever weapons he wants to buy.
Reuters Last Mod: 13 Eylül 2009, 12:39