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Russian base rumors denied

March 16, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

President Hugo Chavez said Russian bombers would be welcome in Venezuela, but denied that his country would offer Moscow its territory for a military base.

Chavez, a fierce critic of the U.S. with close ties to Russia and Cuba, said his government did not raise the possibility, as Russian media had reported.

Venezuela hosted two Russian Tu-160 bombers in September for training flights and joined Russian warships two months later for naval exercises in the Caribbean.

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