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Venezuela presses for Spanish military deals

Venezuela will purchase 10 military aircraft and eight naval vessels from Spain, despite Washington’s attempt to halt the transaction as a threat to regional stability, a Navy commander said. The United States, fiercely opposed to left-wing President Hugo Chavez, recently vetoed the sale of 12 EADS-CASA transport and maritime surveillance aircraft to Venezuela in the latest incident to stoke tensions between the two governments. Vice Admiral Angel Eduardo Lopez said Venezuela will send a team to Spain to supervise construction of the vessels and aircraft by the companies Navantia and Casa. He said Venezuela expects to take delivery of the first vessel in 2008. Full Story

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