U.S. Warns Chavez About Weapons Proliferation

Monday, 05 Apr 2010 06:53 PM

 

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WASHINGTON – The United States on Monday questioned Venezuela's need to buy billions of dollars in weapons from Russia and voiced concern that the arms may wind up elsewhere in Latin America.

Leftist firebrand President Hugo Chavez last week inked new deals with Russia's visiting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who said later that Venezuela's military sales may top $5 billion.

State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said that, although the two countries have the right to pursue relations, "We're hard-pressed to see what legitimate defense needs Venezuela has for the equipment."

"We can probably think of better things that could be invested on behalf of the Venezuelan people," he said.

"But our primary concern is that if Venezuela's going to increase its military hardware, we certainly don't want to see this hardware migrate into other parts of the hemisphere," he said.

"We would simply remind Venezuela that it, through a number of accords, has a responsibility for transparency in its acquisitions," he said.

The State Department has accused Chavez of assisting guerrillas in rival neighbor Colombia with drug trafficking.

A Spanish judge has recently alleged that Venezuela helped support plans by Colombia's FARC rebels and the Basque separatist group ETA to kill Colombian politicians in Spain, including President Alvaro Uribe.

The United States last year also questioned Chavez's pursuit of cooperation with Russia on space, noting that Venezuela faces major electricity shortages despite being a major oil producer.

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