Putin visit strengthens Russia-Venezuela ties (2)

15:52, April 03, 2010      

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Based on some estimates, Venezuela has bought arms worth as much as 5 billion dollars from Russia since 2005, including fighter jets, helicopters and assault rifles.

Chavez defended purchases of weapons from Russia, saying his country was bolstering its defense capabilities "with modest equipment" compared with other nations like the United States and Britain.

Putin also said he didn't think that the acquisition constituted a threat.

"If we add the military spending of all other countries in the world, it may still be less than that of the U.S., " he said.

Meanwhile, Putin also offered to help Venezuela to build its own space industry.

On the issue of terrorism, Chavez condemned the recent bombing attacks on the Moscow metro. "We mourn the losses and also confirm our fight against terrorism and violence," he said.

Commenting on recent allegations made by a Spanish judge against Venezuela on the latter's suspected link with separatist groups in Spain, Putin said there was no evidence for such accusations as far as his country had known.


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