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Russia-Venezuela military exercises and drills set

October 14, 2008

By Martin Arostegui
The Washington Times
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A Russian fleet sailing toward the Caribbean for military exercises with Venezuela‘s navy next month reflects a chill in Russia-U.S. relations, though analysts are divided on whether the drill represents a threat to U.S. interests or is merely a demonstration to embarrass Washington.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says the drill seals Venezuela’s “strategic alliance with Russia,” which he announced during a recent visit to Moscow, in which he signed billions of dollars worth of arms deals.

The exercises, led by flagship Peter the Great, will mark Russia’s largest naval deployment to the Caribbean in more than 20 years.
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES A Russian warship bound for Venezuela docks at the Libyan port of Tripoli on Saturday. Russian fleets training with Venezuela

Above: A Russian warship bound for Venezuela docks at the Libyan port of Tripoli on Saturday. Russian fleets training with Venezuela’s navy will mark Russia’s largest deployment to the Caribbean in more than 20 years. Photo: AFP/Getty

Like Cuba’s Fidel Castro, much of Mr. Chavez’s political career has been based on his opposition to the United States.

On Russia’s end, many analysts see the move as a face-saving payback for U.S. naval deployments around the Black Sea to show support for Georgia in its conflict with Moscow that led to a brief war in August.

U.S. Navy ships were used to bring food, medicine and other relief supplies to Georgia while keeping their distance from the Russian fleet.

The Pyotr Velikiy, Peter the Great, Russian nuclear-powered ...
The Pyotr Velikiy, Peter the Great, Russian nuclear-powered missile cruiser seen in the Barents Sea, Russia, , Russia, in this July, 2004, file photo. The Peter the Great cruiser accompanied by three other ships of Russia’s Northern Fleet was to sail from their base in Severomorsk Sunday on a cruise which will include a joint exercise with the Venezuelan Navy, Russian Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said on Vesti 24 television.(AP Photo/File)

Still, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned that Russia would respond to the deployment in an unspecified manner and with “calm.”

U.S. officials have dismissed the Russian maneuvers as insignificant….

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oct/14/russia-venezuela-drills-set/

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