Chávez denies offering base to Russia
Wed, 18 Mar 2009
As we may all recall, from not so long ago, recently declassified US Army documents reveal that a US psyops was launched, in 2006, to push the FARC into Venezuela and create a pretext for war.
At which point Hugo Chavez was prompted to say, ‘we’re ready for ya mofos’. This may be when the confusion emerged about military bases versus rites of passage.
Who knows how much of this is a display of ruffled feathers. There’s definitely some meat in that sandwich, but Hugo’s clearly having fun with it too. Here he is, as Hugo as ever, on last Sunday’s “Alo Presidente” — his regular TV show (for those of you experiencing your first trip to the G).
[Posted By microdot]
Republished from Boston Globe
President Hugo Chávez said yesterday that Russian bombers would be welcome in Venezuela, but denied that his country would offer Moscow its territory for a military base.
Chávez – a fierce critic of Washington with close ties to Russia and Cuba – said his government did not raise the possibility, as Russian media had reported.
“It’s not like that,” the president said, responding to a report by Interfax news agency quoting the chief of staff of Russia’s long range aviation, Major General Anatoly Zhikharev, as saying some strategic bombers could be based on an island offered by Venezuela.
Zhikharev reportedly said Saturday that Chávez had offered “a whole island with an airdrome, which we can use as a temporary base for strategic bombers.”
Speaking during his weekly television and radio program, Chávez said he told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that his nation’s bombers would be allowed to land in Venezuela if necessary, but no such plans have been made.
Also yesterday, Chávez deployed the navy to Venezuela’s seaports, and he said state governors who challenge new legislation bringing transportation hubs under federal control could end up in prison.
Lawmakers loyal to Chávez voted last week to bring all airports, highways and seaports under federal control, a move government adversaries said was designed to expand the president’s power.