Chavez defends nuclear energy right, denies ETA link

* Plans to sign deals

* Attacks the United States

By Alexei Anishchuk

MOSCOW, Oct 14 (BestGrowthStock) – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez
hailed its alliance with Russia and said his country had a right
to develop nuclear energy as he started a visit to Moscow on

Chavez is planning to buy tanks in Russia, after committing
to $5 billion in earlier arms deals, and discuss construction of
a nuclear plant which will use Russian technology.

“We are going to develop nuclear power and nothing will stop
us,” he told Russian and Venezuelan students at the Library of
Foreign Literature in Moscow.

Chavez said he was going to sign “important deals” in the
oil and gas sector without elaborating, and also agree on the
supplies of Venezuelan coffee and chocolate to Russia.

He [ID:nN05178342] denied that two members of the ETA
militant group were trained in Venezuela and called Spain’s
charges “part of the aggression by the (U.S.) empire.”

Earlier on Thursday, he said in televised comments in Moscow
that Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA had agreed the sale to
Russian buyers of the four Ruhr Oel refineries that it owns
jointly with BP (BP.L: ) (BP.N: ) in Germany. [ID:nN05257335]

BP was also negotiating to sell up to $1 billion worth of
its Venezuelan assets to Russian TNK-BP (TNBPI.RTS: ) to make up
for the losses it incurred due to the oil spill in the Gulf of
Mexico, a source close to the deal said last month.

Chavez gave an emotional 45-minute speech in which he
attacked the United States. “We are so far away from God and so
close to the damned empire,” he said.

Chavez will meet President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday. He will then continue his
ten-day trip visiting Ukraine and Belarus, which get shipments
of Venezuelan oil, and U.S. foes Syria, Lebanon and Iran in the
Middle East.
(Writing by Alexei Anishchuk)

Chavez defends nuclear energy right, denies ETA link