Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Venezuela seeks defense missiles

CARACAS - (AP) -- Venezuela plans to obtain air defense missiles to guard strategic sites such as oil refineries and major bridges against any air strike, a top military advisor to President Hugo Chávez said Tuesday.

Chávez, a close ally of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, has repeatedly warned against a possible U.S. invasion. American officials insist they have no such plans, but Chávez insists Venezuelans must be ready just in case.

Russia's Interfax-Military News Agency reported Tuesday that between 10 and 12 Tor-M1 missile systems could be supplied to the South American country.

Miami Herald

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