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September 22, 2008
Venezuela hosts Russian war games

Today, a squadron of Russian naval ships set out for Caribbean waters for military exercises with Venezuela. The exercises will be be the biggest display of Russian military power in the Western Hemisphere since the Cold War. Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, a strong critic of the U.S., has close ties with Russia, which provides billions of dollars worth of military aid to Venezuela.

To discuss Russia’s standing in the world and the future of the Russian economy, Martin Savidge interviews Vladimir┬áLensky, New York-based correspondent for Russia’s Channel One Television and Sergei Shestakov, a former Soviet foreign minister official, now with Russian International TV, which serves Russian immigrant communities around the world.

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