Is President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela a threat to the western hemisphere...Is a quarantine, embargo, etc., due?
A Russian Air Force chief said Saturday that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has offered an island as a temporary base for strategic Russian bombers, the Interfax news agency reported.
The chief of staff of Russia's long range aviation, Maj. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev, also said Cuba could be used to base the aircraft, Interfax reported.
The Kremlin, however, said the situation was hypothetical.
"The military is speaking about technical possibilities, that's all," Alexei Pavlov, a Kremlin official, told The Associated Press. "If there will be a development of the situation, then we can comment," he said.
Zhikharev said Chavez had offered "a whole island with an airdrome, which we can use as a temporary base for strategic bombers," the agency reported. "If there is a corresponding political decision, then the use of the island ... by the Russian Air Force is possible."
Interfax reported he said earlier that Cuba has air bases with four or five runways long enough for the huge bombers and could be used to host the long-range planes.
Two Russian bombers landed in Venezuela last year in what experts said was the first Western Hemisphere touchdown of Russian military craft since the end of the Cold War.
Cuba has never permanently hosted Russian or Soviet strategic aircraft. But Soviet short-range bombers often made stopovers there during the Cold War.
Russia resumed long-range bomber patrols in 2007 after a 15-year hiatus.
- dumdumLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
This is a case of "we have met the enemy, and it is us!" The Russian stance here is due to the fact that the Bush administration wanted to ring Russia with missile systems that would shoot down incoming missiles, supposedly to defend Israel from Iranian missiles. The Russians were not quite so naive to fall for this. This is their way of having bargaining chips to negotiate with the US.on the missile matters.Venezuela provides much of the oil we import.I don't believe an embargo of that would be in our national interest. A note of interest here- Venezuela owns the Citgo oil company.They have major pipelines in the US that provide the northeastern US with heating fuel during the winter.The Citgo heating oil provides free oil for over a million New Yorkers that other wise could not afford it.Senator Joe Kennedy went to Hugo Chavez of venezuela for help when the major US oil companies refused to so.You may look these facts up if you choose to do so.Isn't it funny how there is nothing about this on any of the major networks, or newspapers?
- tomLv 61 decade ago
Russia is always on the look out to annoy american, and venezuela wants to do this as well. But the US should look to take a more passive stance, then Russia will not have anyone to fight against. Though i can see the next republican president using russia as a tool to keep the american people sacred, especially if al qaeda disappears.
- bob kerrLv 41 decade ago
Chavez is a danger to his own people. He is a populist rather than a socialist and his ego seems to be driving him.
The US should lift the sanctions on Cuba and slowly, gently introduce them on Venezuela and let the political reality loose. While I support the stance of Cuba over the last fifty years, Chavez aspires to be another Castro, another champion of the poor, another Robin Hood.
Chavez is all about Chavez. I'd impose mild sanctions and you'll soon see how many of the people really want his brand of "socialism". He actually reminds me of Mugabe and look at what he's done to Zimbabwe, look at what he's done to his people.
- aurieLv 43 years ago
the U. S. desires human beings like Hugo Chavez to maintain a stability on issues. he isn't a large gamble. yet many Latin individuals love him as much as they could disagree with him because of the fact he's keen to stand up to the U. S., rhetorically talking.
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- 1 decade ago
No. He is busy changing the constitution of Venezuala so he can stay in power for ever and then he will make it a dynastic country. He has already given his henchmen and relatives the top jobs and profitable companies.
He is no more than a big mouth trying to make himself look important. He is South America's equivalent of the nutjob in Iran.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Not now, maybe in the future, especially if his allies back him.
- Richard_SMLv 61 decade ago
What do you expect? ? ?
USA has agreed to put American defence equipment in Russia's back yard - so now they are doing the same.
Thats why US Foreign Policy is so dumb.