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June 14, 2007

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Henry

So far, Chávez appears to have focused on modernizing equipment. However, the purchase of 5 submarines, and possibly four more later on for a total of 9, according to Russian sources (https://www.eluniversal.com/2007/07/05/pol_ava_afirman-que-rusia-y_05A894277.shtml, which would confirm the original news), would change the naval balance of power in the region, as stated by Brazilian Admiral Julio Soares de Moura (https://www.eluniversal.com/2007/07/05/pol_art_brasil-sin--temor-po_347244.shtml).

Although Brazil has nothing to fear from Venezuela, the move seems to mark the beginning of a regional arms race, which is completely unnecesary at present, especially considering the ideological shift in the Venezuelan military towards "asymmetric warfare".

Henry

Chávez is resolute in busting this article. Now it appears that he is going to spend $1 billion in weapons from Belarus, according to Victor Sheiman, a Belarusian source: https://www.eluniversal.com/2007/07/24/pol_art_compraran-armas-a-bi_373369.shtml

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