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Photostream : Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez meets Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) greets his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez during a welcoming ceremony in Tehran on October 19, 2010. (Photo : ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez stand at attention during the playing of the national anthems during an official welcoming ceremony in Tehran October 19, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi )

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, left, gestures, as he is welcomed by his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during an official welcoming ceremony, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is holding talks with Iranian leaders expected to focus on boosting cooperation between the countries' oil, gas and petrochemical industries. Writing on banner at background in Farsi and Spanish reads "Welcome". (Getty Images / AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

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Russia agrees to build nuclear plant in Venezuela

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez speak during a signing ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, on October 15, 2010. Moscow is the first stop for Chavez on a major international tour aimed at strengthening trade ties with several countries in eastern Europe and the Middle East, including Iran and Libya. (Photo : NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

October 16, 2010 (KATAKAMI / DDINEWS.GOV.IN) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez reached a deal with Russia on Friday to build the South American country’s first nuclear plant, as questions arose why a nation rich in oil and gas would feel the need to venture into atomic energy.

The two nations also signed other energy agreements.

Russia has cultivated close ties with Chavez’s government to expand its global clout and counter US influence in Latin America.

Russia plans to build two 1,200 megawatt nuclear reactors at the Venezuelan plant.

The cost of Friday’s nuclear deal wasn’t immediately announced.

The deal is likely to raise concern in President Barack Obama’s administration but continues a pattern of Russia pressing to export its nuclear expertise.

It’s talking with Indian officials about building a dozen of nuclear reactors there and also wants to build a nuclear reactor in the Czech Republic.

Russia has just completed Iran’s first nuclear power plant and recently reached new deals to build nuclear reactors in China and Turkey.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sought to pre-empt questions about why Venezuela would need nuclear power by saying the deal would help Caracas reduce its dependence on global market fluctuations.

“I don’t know who will shudder at this,” Medvedev said at a news conference after the signing.

“The president (of Venezuela) said there will be nations that will have different emotions about that, but I would like to emphasise that our intentions are absolutely pure and open: We want our partner Venezuela to have a full range of energy possibilities.”

Venezuela relies on hydroelectric power for most of its electricity, and a severe drought last year and in early 2010 pushed the water level at country’s largest hydroelectric dam to perilous lows.

The lower levels, combined with a lack of adequate upgrades to the power grid, prompted rationing measures for a time, including rolling blackouts.

Chavez says nuclear power is part of his government’s plans for diversifying its energy sources.

 

Russia to deliver 35 tanks to Venezuela – Putin

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, left, and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, are seen during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 Chavez has reached a deal with Russia on Friday to build the South American country's first nuclear plant and negotiated other energy agreements. (GETTY IMAGES / AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

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October 15, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Russia will soon supply another shipment of tanks to Venezuela, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday.

“Thirty-five tanks will be delivered soon,” he said.

Putin also said Venezuela is Russia’s “reliable partner.”

Chavez said the two states would speed up military cooperation. Venezuela is building a plant to manufacture Kalashnikov assault rifles.

Since 2005, Venezuela has bought over $4 billion worth of Russian weapons, including warplanes, helicopters, and Kalashnikov assault rifles.

Earlier on Friday, Russia and Venezuela signed an agreement on the construction of a nuclear power station in the South American state. The agreement was reached in April 2010 during Putin’s visit to Caracas.

The presidents of Russia and Venezuela, Dmitry Medvedev and Chavez, said on Friday bilateral ties are strengthening.

We are moving onto new agreements on a wide range of projects,” Medvedev said at talks in Moscow. “We have a strategic partnership – we are close friends.”

Medvedev also said Venezuela acted “like a real friend” when it followed Russia in recognizing the former Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia after Chavez’s last visit to Russia in September 2009.

Chavez arrived in Moscow on Thursday as part of an international tour that also includes Belarus, Ukraine and Iran.

NOVO-OGARYOVO, October 15 (RIA Novosti)

 

Talks between Medvedev and Chavez begin in Kremlin

 

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) welcomes Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez as they meet at the Gorki presidential residence outside Moscow October 14, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Dmitry Astakhov

 

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MOSCOW, October 15 (KATAKAMI / Itar-Tass) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is holding talks with his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez in the Kremlin. Hugo Chavez arrived in Moscow for a visit on Thursday.

At present, the talks are being held in the narrow format behind closed doors.

As is expected, the Moscow meetings will yield a plan of action which will be the basis for cooperation up to 2014.

The document lists specific cooperation guidelines in such spheres as foreign policy, financial sector, oil and gas industry, military-technical cooperation, nuclear power engineering, telecommunications, agriculture, fishing, transportation, education, health care, tourism, sport, culture, and elimination of natural calamities aftermath.

Hugo Chavez to talk in Moscow on bilateral coop plans up to 2014

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez

MOSCOW, October 14 (KATAKAMI / Itar-Tass) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is arriving in Moscow on Thursday in order to discuss with the Russian leadership plans of bilateral interaction up to 2014 that embrace such spheres as military-technical cooperation, creation of joint industrial facilities, financial institutions and housing construction. Over his two-day stay in Moscow he is to hold talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, meet the Moscow leadership, as well as speak at the conference “Two Centuries of Independence of Latin America” that is opening at the Foreign Literature Library on Thursday.

The main result of the visit is expected to be the signing of the Action Plan that, according to the idea of the two countries’ Foreign Ministries, will lay foundations for the development of cooperation for a period up to 2014. The document specifies interaction in such spheres as he foreign policy, financial sector, oil and gas industry, military-technical cooperation, nuclear power industry, telecommunications, agriculture, fisheries, transport, education, health, tourism, sports, culture, liquidation of natural calamities’ aftermath.

Observers say that the fulfilment of the Action Plan tasks will ensure the bilateral trade growth the lion’s share of which is military-technical cooperation.

Venezuela is already the region’s unquestionable leader in the volumes of contracts concluded with Rosoboronexport Russia’s arms exporting company. The sum of contractual obligations exceeds 4 billion US dollars. So, this Latin American country is completing the construction of three military plants – for manufacturing of the AK (Kalashnikov) assault rifles, for the production of cartridges and an aircraft repair plant for servicing Russian helicopter equipment. The supplies of the Tor-M1 air defence missile systems have begun.

Besides, Venezuela intends to buy 10 Ilyushin Il-76MD-90 planes and two Il-78MK refuelling aircraft. Caracas has also confirmed plans for the purchase of up to 10 attack helicopters Mi-28NE in addition to the earlier bought 10 Mi-35M helicopters. In the view of the Rosoboronexport leadership, the country may also become the first export customer for the Sukhoi Su-35 fighters.

Russia also intends to supply to Venezuela a batch of the T-90S tanks. Caracas assesses its need for this class of military equipment at 600 units.

As a result, according to RF Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the volume of Russian military equipment exports to Venezuela may reach in the near future 5 billion US dollars.

Aside from military-technical cooperation, the two countries have also been developing active civilian cooperation. During a visit of the Russian prime minister to Caracas this April, the Sovcomflot company and the Venezuelan PDV Marina specialising in sea transportation, signed an agreement on intent. Ilyushin Finance and Aeroflot concluded memorandums of understanding with the Venezuelan side. They signed several documents within the framework of the implementation of a project for the joint prospecting and oil production in the basin of the Orinoco River – the Junin-6 field. Besides, Moscow transferred to Caracas 4 transport helicopters Mi-26 thus fulfilling a long-term contract on the supply of 28 such helicopters.

Russia also holds negotiations on the sale of another 50 civilian planes to Venezuela – An-148 and Be-200.

The two sides’ agenda also includes cooperation in the atomic power sphere, Hugo Chavez, in particular, drew attention to the fact that Caracas can build a nuclear power plant in the country with Moscow’s support.

Within the current visit’s framework the Venezuelan leader will also sign the final document on the establishment of a Russian-Venezuelan bank the work on which has been in progress since June 2009. The sides will also create a joint structure with the authorised capital of up to 4 billion US dollars on the basis of Evrofinance-Mosnarbank. It is planned that the Russian side – VTB Bank and Gazprombank will get a 51-percent stake in it. The shareholders from Venezuela will be the State Treasury Bank and the Venezuelan Petroleum Corporation. Experts particularly noted that the bank will make it possible to give financing to joint programmes in a mutually beneficial basis.

Another important issue Chavez plans to touch upon in Moscow is Russia’ s assistance to the construction of social housing for the poorest groups of the population of his country. A delegation of the Moscow government led by former mayor Yuri Luzhkov this May already held talks in Caracas on RF assistance in the working out of the general plan for the development of the Venezuelan capital. They discussed not only construction of dwelling houses, but also the programme of building schools, kindergartens, hospitals, cinema houses, roads, bridges and utilities. In connection with the personnel changes in the Moscow government it remains unknown so far if this project will be viable.

Chavez said earlier that his upcoming official visit to would aim to enhance strategic relations with Russia. “Today Russia is a world power and one of the global poles of power,” the president said in an address to the nation before flying to Moscow. Chavez said he planned to sign “official documents on the creation of a Russian-Venezuelan bank” during the visit. The joint bank will be headquartered in Moscow and have offices in China and Venezuela. Another important item on the agenda will be the use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes. “The first projects are bring drafted to build a nuclear power plant in Venezuela,” he said. “During the visit, the sides will review all agreements on military-technical cooperation with Russia,” Chavez said. “New military hardware will begin to be supplied to Venezuela shortly, at the end of this year and the beginning of next year: several battalions of modern tanks and air defence systems.”

The visit of the Venezuelan president to Russia – the ninth since 2001 – will last until October 15. Then Hugo Chavez will continue his 12-day foreign tour during which he will visit Belarus, Ukraine, Iran, Syria and Portugal.

Venezuela’s Chavez says oil price “stabilized”

Motorist drive past a banner with the picture of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez along a highway in Caracas August 25, 2010. (Credit: Reuters/Jorge Silva)

August 28, 2010

(KATAKAMI / Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Friday that oil prices were stabilizing, giving his South American OPEC member nation’s crude an average barrel price of nearly $70 this year.

“The price of oil recovered and it’s more or less stabilized,” he said in comments carried live on TV.

“We had thought it could collapse again this year, there was a threat it might fall to $40. But no, thanks among other things to OPEC and the oil production cut, it’s nearly $70, the Venezuelan oil,” he said.

Venezuela’s crude has averaged $69.60 so far this year, according to the Energy Ministry.

Venezuelan crudes, which are mostly heavy and high in sulfur, trade at a discount to benchmark grades such as West Texas Intermediate because of their low quality.

U.S. oil prices rose a third straight day on Friday, with crude for October delivery at $75.17 a barrel.

Chavez reiterated that Venezuela was producing about 3 million barrels a day, but said there should be a “leap” in production thanks to new projects in the Orinoco belt towards the end of 2011.

Hugo Chávez breaks diplomatic ties between Venezuela and Colombia

Hugo Chavez and Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona and Hugo Chávez share a joke during a press conference in which the Venezuelan president severed ties with Colombia. Photograph: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images

July 23, 2010

(KATAKAMI / Guardian.Co.UK)  Hugo Chávez severed diplomatic ties with Colombia yesterday after it accused Venezuela of harbouring leftist guerrillas in dozens of camps along the border.

Venezuela’s president ordered a “maximum alert” on the border and warned that his Andean neighbour could provoke war. “We have no other choice but, out of dignity, to totally break our relations with our brother nation of Colombia,” Chávez told state television.

Colombia had claimed that Venezuela was sheltering 1,500 rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) and the smaller National Liberation Army (ELN), which have waged a decades-long conflict with the Colombian state.

Colombia presented maps, photographs, videos and witness testimony in a presentation at a meeting in Washington of the Organisation of American States, a pan-regional body.

Its ambassador to the OAS, Luis Alfonso Hoyos, accused Chávez’s administration of tolerating terrorists who murdered, kidnapped and trafficked drugs. “The continent cannot allow this nightmare to spread,” said Hoyos, who also accused Venezuela’s national guard of shielding the rebels from scrutiny.

He asked Venezuela to allow an international commission and journalists to inspect 87 sites where guerrillas allegedly sheltered. “They eat fried pork and get fat in order to rest before launching attacks in Colombia,” he said.

Venezuela’s ambassador to the OAS, Roy Chaderton, rejected the claims. “There is no evidence, no proof. These are photos taken I don’t know where,” he said. He did not respond to the inspection request.

Claims about infiltration along the 1,400-mile border, a porous, mountainous zone rife with smugglers and criminal gangs, have long poisoned relations between the two countries.

Chávez, a self-styled socialist revolutionary, has in the past expressed admiration for the Farc as a legitimate force but denied funnelling weapons or money. He called the outgoing Colombian president, Alvaro Uribe, “crazed” and said the US wanted him to attack Venezuela.

He announced the severing of ties in a live address in which he was flanked by Diego Maradona. The Argentina football coach, a friend who regularly visits the president, looked on but did not comment.

Chávez recalled his ambassador from Bogotá last week in anticipation of today’s denunciation. Colombia then recalled its ambassador from Caracas.

Relations may improve when Juan Manuel Santos succeeds Uribe next month. The president-elect has spoken of reconciliation, an olive branch that Chávez signalled he may accept.

Some analysts said the OAS gambit was Uribe’s attempt to give a farewell kick to his Venezuelan foe. Relations between the two leaders have been toxic since Colombia bombed a Farc camp in Ecuador in 2008 and allowed US troops more access to its military bases.

Chávez suspended bilateral trade last year, slowing Colombia’s economic recovery and worsening inflation and shortages in Venezuela.  (*)

Photostream : Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez meets Syria's President Bashar al-Assad

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (R) listens to military honours alongside his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad (L) at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on June 26, 2010. Assad is in Venezuela as part of a Latin American tour aimed at consolidating ties, which will also take him to Cuba, Brasil and Argentina. (Photo : Getty)

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (R) speaks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad (L) at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on June 26, 2010. Assad is in Venezuela as part of a Latin American tour aimed at consolidating ties, which will also take him to Cuba, Brasil and Argentina. (Photo : Getty)

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Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (L) is welcomed by Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez at Miraflores Palace in Caracas June 26, 2010. Assad is on a rare visit to Latin America aimed at extending Syria’s diplomatic reach after emerging from Western isolation, and attracting investment for his country’s ageing infrastructure. (Photo : Getty)

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Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, second right, looks up while speaking with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, right back to camera, during a welcoming ceremony at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Saturday, June 26, 2010. Bashar al-Assad is in Venezuela for a two-day official visit. (Photo : Getty)

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Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, left, walks accompanied by Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, right, during a welcoming ceremony at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Saturday, June 26, 2010. Bashar al-Assad is in Venezuela for a two-day official visit. (Photo : Getty)

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) speaks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad (R) at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on June 26, 2010. Assad is in Venezuela as part of a Latin American tour aimed at consolidating ties, which will also take him to Cuba, Brasil and Argentina.  (Photo : Getty)

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Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez (L) and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (R) talk during a meeting at Miraflores Palace in Caracas June 26, 2010. (Photo : Getty)

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Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (L) shakes hands with his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez at Miraflores Palace in Caracas June 26, 2010. Assad is on a rare visit to Latin America aimed at extending Syria’s diplomatic reach after emerging from Western isolation, and attracting investment for his country’s ageing infrastructure. (Photo : Getty)

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Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez (R) is decorated by Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (L) at Miraflores Palace in Caracas June 26, 2010. Assad is on a rare visit to Latin America aimed at extending Syria’s diplomatic reach after emerging from Western isolation, and attracting investment for his country’s ageing infrastructure. (Photo : Getty)

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Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez (R) speaks as Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad listens during a ceremony where the two countries signed an economic agreement at Miraflores Palace in Caracas June 26, 2010. Assad is on a rare visit to Latin America aimed at extending Syria’s diplomatic reach after emerging from Western isolation, and attracting investment for his country’s ageing infrastructure.