Russia ratchets up US tensions with arms sales to Iran and Venezuela

Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, one of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s closest allies, has visited Venezuela and Cuba this week. Kommersant said that Russia was forming “alliance relations” with the two anti-American regimes as a response to US involvement in former Soviet republics.

Mr Sechin said that “military-technological cooperation” between Russia and Venezuela was increasing, adding that the two sides were also in talks on oil and shipbuilding projects.

President Chavez is expected to visit Moscow next week. Two Russian long-range strategic nuclear bombers landed in the Venezuelan capital Caracas last week, the first time they had visited the Latin American state. >>>>>

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