Do you dare to imagine, dear reader, how Russia would react if it were announced that President Bush were about to hold the fifth meeting of his presidency with Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev? The Russians would, of course, be screaming to high heaven about America's outrageous and provocative action. Yet, they have no problem repeatedly entertaining rabid anti-American maniac Hugo Chavez, or in supplying him with huge quantities of weapons. Itar-Tass reports:
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will visit Russia on June 28-30, Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia Alexis Rafael Navarro Rojas told Itar-Tass on Friday. According to the embassy, the Venezuelan president will stay in Moscow on June 28 and 29, and make a trip to Russia’s south on June 30. That will be the fifth visit of Chavez to Russia. He paid two official visits in May 2001 and November 2004, and two working visits – in October 2001, and July 2006. “Russia is our strategic ally,” Chavez reiterates specifically. In his words, an agenda of the upcoming talks in Moscow has not been fully coordinated, however, it must include energy cooperation. “Russian companies should have a possibility to take part in the design and construction of the so-called southern gas pipeline that will link Venezuela and Argentina,” he said. “The military technical cooperation should be considered undoubtedly as it is necessary for Venezuela to protect itself on the ground, on and under water and in the air,” Chavez said. “Venezuela is studying the possibility to purchase Russia’s submarines,” presidential military adviser, General Alberto Mueller Rojas said on Thursday. “The possibility to conclude such a deal is under discussion, but funds for this purpose have not been assigned yet,” the general said, commenting on information spread by the Russian mass media earlier. Most probably, this agreement may be signed during the Venezuelan leader’s forthcoming visit to Moscow.Russia is intentionally baiting the United States, by far the world's most powerful country and with a host of powerful allies, into a second cold war. History will record this is as the beginning of the end for Russia.