Chavez says Russia to help Venezuela make rifles


Richard Moore

Interesting example here of Matrix doublespeak:

     Washington denies it plans to invade Venezuela and says
     Chavez is destabilizing the region.

In reality, Chavez' mission could be described as 
_stabilizing the region: in opposition to the 
destabilizing forces of globalization and US 
imperialism more generally.


Original source URL:

Chavez says Russia to help Venezuela make rifles
Tue May 30, 2006 10:19 PM ET

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Russia will help 
Venezuela build plants to make Kalashnikov rifles 
and ammunition after the United States restricted 
arms sales to the South American nation, 
President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday.

Chavez also told a press conference in Quito, 
Ecuador, that a delivery of 30,000 Kalashnikov 
automatic rifles was due to arrive from Russia in 
early June.

"The Russians are going to install a Kalashnikov 
rifle plant and a munitions factory. So we can 
defend every street, every hill, every corner," 
he said in remarks broadcast in Venezuela.

Washington banned all weapons sales to Chavez's 
leftist government this month because of U.S. 
concern about his ties with Cuba and Iran and 
what it called his inaction against guerrillas in 
neighboring Colombia.

The sanctions led to a diplomatic freeze with 
Venezuela, a major U.S. energy supplier and the 
world's No. 5 oil exporter.

Chavez rattled the White House earlier with a 
deal to buy 100,000 Russian automatic weapons.

Earlier this year, the United States expressed 
concern about Spain's plans to sell $1.56 billion 
in military ships and planes to Venezuela.

Chavez charges the United States with 
orchestrating a 2002 coup that briefly toppled 
his government and frequently accuses the United 
States of planning to invade Venezuela.

"The invasion plan is prepared, we even have part 
of this plan. They change it of course," Chavez 
said, although he added he was working to avoid 
such an attack.

Washington denies it plans to invade Venezuela 
and says Chavez is destabilizing the region.

Russia is the world's No. 2 oil exporter. 
Russia's Gazprom is exploring for natural gas in 
Venezuela, and Russian oil major LUKOIL says it 
wants to invest up to $1 billion in developing 
Venezuelan deposits.

© Reuters 2006.

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