Monday, September 08, 2008
MOSCOW — Russia said Monday it will send a naval squadron and anti-submarine patrol planes to Venezuela this year for a joint military exercise in the Caribbean, a deployment that comes amid increasingly tense relations with the United States.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ridiculed any U.S. concerns over the joint exercise with the Russian forces, saying, “Go ahead and squeal, Yankees.”
Posted 1/11/2006 11:16 PM Updated 1/13/2006 12:18 PM Has Citgo become a political tool for Hugo Chávez? By David J. Lynch, USA TODAY
One of the USA’s largest refiners, Citgo is a subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA). As such, it ultimately belongs to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, an avowedly anti-American leader who counts Fidel Castro among his closest friends. Some worry that Venezuela’s ownership of more than 6% of U.S. refinery capacity gives Chávez, a former paratrooper given to wearing red berets and military fatigues, the power to cripple.
Citgo, which sells gasoline through more than 13,500 retail stations in the US is known for its iconic sign towering over Fenway Park’s left-field wall.
Next time you need to fill up – drive on past that Citgo and stop at the Exxon down the street.