The Associated Press
November 14, 2008
MOSCOW -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev plans to travel this month to Cuba and Venezuela, which have increasing military and trade ties with Moscow.
The U.S. has objected to Russia's greater links with the two countries that have antagonistic relations with Washington.
Medvedev will visit Cuba on Nov. 27, the Kremlin press service said. He will also visit Brazil during the trip.
The Soviet Union was a stalwart supporter of Cuban leader Fidel Castro during the Cold War. Under Hugo Chavez, Venezuela has moved to buy millions of dollars in Russian weaponry and invited Russian energy giants to drill in the country's oil fields.
A Russian naval flotilla is on its way to the Caribbean to hold joint military exercises with Venezuelan forces.