From Fox News
“I have come here to conclude a unity pact. Here we see a model of the social state that we are beginning to create,” Chavez said at the airport. “We feel ourselves to be brothers.”
From the Wall Street Journal 16.1.2006
Three months later, in a Christmas Eve TV broadcast, Chávez declared that “minorities, the descendants of those who crucified Christ, have taken over the riches of the world.” That ugly anti-Semitic swipe was of a piece with an insidious assault over the past several years on the country’s Jewish community. In 2004, heavily armed Chávez commandos raided a Caracas Jewish school, terrifying children and parents. The government’s claim that it had reason to believe that the school was storing arms was never supported.
From the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24.8.06
On the afternoon of August 24, 2006, Chinese President Hu Jintao held talks in the Great Hall of the People with Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias, who was here in China for a state visit. The two sides agreed to further deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas and push China-Venezuela strategic partnership of common development to another new level.
From Radio Free Europe 27.7.06
MOSCOW, July 27, 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin today in Moscow for talks focusing on arms sales and energy cooperation.
Putin received Chavez at the Kremlin on the last day of the Venezuelan leader’s three-day visit to Russia. The two leaders, who have already met on four previous occasions, exchanged warm handshakes in front of the cameras.
Putin praised the growing energy and trade ties between Russia and Venezuela. “Venezuela is a natural partner for us. Venezuela occupies first place on the American continent for oil reserves and eighth place in the world for gas reserves. This means colossal potential opportunities,” he said.
From Venezuela Today 28.2.04
Arriving in Venezuela after a long plane trip from Harare, Zimbabwe’s despot Robert Mugabe rapidly proceeded to fall asleep while Chávez was giving a speech and went on to drop the replica of Bolívar’s sword presented to him by Chávez. Robert Mugabe, said the beaming Chávez, “is a true warrior of freedom.”