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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Nov. 1 said 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.
“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.