The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías, affirmed this Friday during an emergency session of the Presidential Council of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) that “there is not now, nor will there ever be a foreign military presence in Venezuela.”
The Venezuelan head of state explained that his government purchases arms from China and Russia because the United States has blocked sales from other countries.
In this sense, Chávez clarified that neither of those two nations will have military bases in Venezuela lithe the United states will soon have in Colombia.
The Venezuelan president presented a document that could help to clarify the US position on the agreement between neighboring Colombia and the United States.
“This US government document is called The White Book of the Mobile Air Command and the Global Strategy of Support Bases, in which the US political and military forces detail the worldwide deployments considered necessary to guarantee their national security,” he said, reading parts of the text.
President Chávez confirmed his support for the recent proposal of Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who recommended that US President Barack Obama meet with UNASUR to clarify the situation.
Bolivarian News Agency, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States/ August 28th 2009