Spain agreed Monday to sell 12 military planes and eight patrol boats to Venezuela in a $2 billion deal that the United States has threatened to block. source
The United States alleges that Chavez, an ally of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, supports radical political movements in Latin America and is "destabilizing" the region -- a charge he denies.
Chavez, in turn, accuses the United States of planning to invade his country. The United States also has expressed concerns about Venezuela's purchase of 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles from Russia.
The first 30,000 rifles are set to arrive next month.
Spain is selling 10 C-295 transport planes and two CN-235 patrol planes, as well as four ocean patrol boats and four coast patrol vessels. It is Spain's largest-ever defense deal.
dictator president Chavez appears unstable and dangerous. We need to keep a close eye on this guy.