Thursday, July 24, 2008

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Russian S-300 missiles 'would ensure Venezuela's oil security'

24/ 07/ 2008

MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti) -
Russian S-300 air-defense missile systems
would enable Venezuela to fully ensure (my ass)
the security of its hydrocarbon resources,
a Russian military expert said Thursday.

"Needless to say, should S-300s be delivered to Venezuela, they would effectively streng
then its defense capability, and it would
not be easy for its possible adversaries
to punish the country
by striking at its oil fields,"
Gen. Anatoly Kornukov said.

He added that as an
oil-rich country
Venezuela had to protect
its natural resources.

"It is difficult to say how many
air-defense systems Venezuela would need,
since it has to protect not separate sites,
but its entire territory," he said,
adding that 10 S-300 battalions,
each comprising six launchers,
"should be enough."

The Venezuelan government
on Wednesday accused international
and domestic media of deliberately
misinterpreting information
on President Hugo Chavez's
recent visit to Russia.

Some media reports said Chavez
offered to host Russian military bases
in Venezuela and to buy
in the next four years.

Venezuela's 1999 Constitution
prohibits the hosting of foreign military
bases in the country.
In 2005-2006, Venezuela bought
and 100,000 AK-103 assault rifles from Russia. Current contracts are worth about $4 billion, according to various sources.
Future deliveries may include

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