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CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday his government may give its U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets to Cuba or China and replace them with Chinese or Russian aircraft after accusing Washington of blocking purchases of U.S. military parts.
Any exchange of military hardware to those countries would break an agreement with the U.S. government on the transfer of technology without Washington's permission and further strain fraying ties between Venezuela and the United States.
need help on link. thank you.
A fierce critic of the Bush administration, Chavez has rattled Washington by strengthening ties with anti-U.S. states like Cuba and promoting his self-described socialist revolution as a counterweight to U.S. regional influence.
"If they don't comply with the contract ... we can do whatever we want with these aircraft, whatever the hell we want. Maybe we'll give 10 planes to Cuba or to China so they can study the technology," Chavez said.
"We could give them away and buy aircraft from China or from Russia. ... We don't need any U.S. imperialism," he said.
``Now they don't want to sell us maintenance parts for the F-16s,'' Chavez said today in a televised speech in Caracas. ``Not only that, when we try to find parts in other countries, the U.S. pressures them not to sell to us.''
Venezuela bought 24 F-16s from the U.S. in 1983 and three have since crashed......
......``Maybe we'll have to buy Russian or Chinese planes to defend ourselves.'' Chavez said. ``We don't need U.S. imperialism to live. Maybe will send Cuba 10 planes. Or maybe give them to China so they can see the technology of the planes.'
Originally posted by sminkeypinkey
They supported an attempted coup, they to this day generously fund and support a minority opposition in it's attempts to create trouble as and when they can.
Because that country has dared to elect someone they consider 'socialist' and who will not blindly pursue the policies the US wants.
Originally posted by namehere
no one has yet to prove any cia link what-so-ever
i guess his military coup attempt on an elected government makes him trust worthy?
or his suppression of oil worker protestors?
Violence is an ever present danger in Venezuela, where society is sharply polarised between supporters and opponents of President Hugo Chavez.
Clashes in the capital Caracas on Friday left two people dead and dozens injured.
A one-month old general strike aimed at ousting Mr Chavez has been accompanied by almost daily street protests in many of the nation's cities.
To make matters worse, many Venezuelans carry guns.
Every time supporters and opponents of Mr Chavez meet on the streets, there is a risk of bloodshed
A group of business leaders, political parties and labor leaders banded together against Chavez and organized the nationwide oil strike to pressure him to resign and call early elections.
yea, believe him
blame us for his people seeing hes a dictator and that he was elected by fraud
not people trying to throw off a theiving dictator
Originally posted by Nygdan
I can't imagine that that'd actually be legal, to sell classified US military technology and hardware to cuba. That, in itself, would be a justifiable call to war for the United States, regardless of the rest of the drama between the US and Venezuala.
Originally posted by Nygdan
would be a justifiable call to war for the United States, regardless of the rest of the drama between the US and Venezuala.
Originally posted by phixion
Unfortuantly the US arn't the perfect example of not doing everything by the book and legit...
Foreign Military Sale fighters are sterilized and dumbed down versions of the US fighters, so there is nothing classified on them
The same loopy crowd in the US (and their Venezuelan proxies) that are just itching to (re)impose their will on Venezuela (and sieze control of her resouces) no doubt, but no one else, surely?
How is this any diffrent then the US giving weapons to Isreal, then Israel selling them to china ?