Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has arrived in Russia, where he will meet his counterpart, Vladimir Putin, for talks on military co-operation.
Mr Chavez is expected to visit a helicopter factory and discuss the possible purchase of diesel submarines. This is Mr Chavez's second visit in under a year to Russia, which he has designated as a "strategic partner". At an international level, he wants to minimise Washington's influence in the world, especially in Latin America...But perhaps the symbolism of what follows Mr Chavez's visit is what matters most. After leaving Russia, he will travel to Belarus and Iran.