MOSCOW, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his visiting Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez are expected to hold talks on Friday, focusing on military and economic cooperation, local media reported.
The fuel and energy sector and mining industry will
top the agenda, as well as military-technology cooperation and joint projects on
rail and air transport, the Itar-Tass news agency cited a Kremlin official,
adding that they will watch together a military exercise following the talks.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has told
Chavez, who is here for a two-day working visit, that Moscow will consider
cooperation with Venezuela on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
"We are ready to consider opportunities for
cooperating on the use of atomic energy...which could be extended to a third
market,"the Interfax news agency quoted Putin as saying at a meeting with Chavez
Energy, high technologies, engineering and petro
chemistry are other promising areas of economic cooperation with Venezuela,
Putin said, noting that Russian energy giant Gazprom will start drilling
operations in the Gulf of Venezuela in late October.
Putin also promised to continue military-technology
cooperation with Venezuela, pledging to fully implement agreements on
cooperation between the naval forces of the two countries.
Four Russian warships have left the North Fleet's
main base on Monday for a joint exercise in Venezuela, following another joint
drill and patrolling over the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic by Russian
A Kremlin official said earlier this week that Russia
will extend Venezuela a 1 billion U.S. dollars loan to implement a
military-technical cooperation deal, under which Moscow and Caracas have already
signed contracts worth 4.4 billion U.S. dollars in two years.
"Latin America is becoming a noticeable link in the
whole chain of the emerging multipolar world," Putin was quoted as saying.
Venezuelan president, Russian PM
discuss bilateral cooperation
Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is visiting Russia,
discussed bilateral relations and international issues on Thursday with Russian
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
According to reports reaching here, Chavez, on his
international tour, arrived in Russia Thursday from China. Full story