September 22, 2008
strong friendship with Russia to help reduce U.S. influence and keep peace in the region. The interview aired as a Russian naval squadron prepared to sail to Venezuela.
Venezuela recently hosted two Russian strategic bombers and is preparing to conduct a joint naval exercise with Russia. Russian news media said Chávez plans to visit Moscow on Friday, his second trip in just over two months.
"Not only Venezuela, but Latin America as a whole, needs friends like Russia now, as we are shedding this (U.S.) domination," Chávez told Russia's Vesti 24 television.