Skip to comments.Russian Navy's Visit to Venezuela Filled With Mishaps
Posted on 12/18/2008 12:53:22 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
Why would the Russian navy -- a shadow of the former Soviet fleet -- go to the effort to sail to Venezuela? Three reasons.
The first one is found in the announcement made by President Medvedev in a November 5 speech --Russia is returning to superpower status -- and describing the Venezuelan visit as a counterweight to U.S. influence. Whether it is a superpower or not, Russia wants to give the appearance of being one.
The second reason is the Russian objective of becoming a global energy superpower, which required them to court potential Latin American allies that are rich in energy such as Venezuela and Brazil. The third and, perhaps, most important reason is the obsessive desire by Chavez to irritate the U.S.
In 1697, William Congreve said: Hell has no fury like a woman scorned. He should have added or a politician neglected. The indifference shown by the U.S to Chavezs frequent insults and threats has thrown him into the hands of Vladimir Putin and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But even response, and attention, would probably not have deterred him from joining with Americas enemies, because Chavez -- like every dictator before him -- is insecure in his power. Not only has he bought or placed orders for almost $10 billion in Russian weapons, but he is also handing the Russians important oil and gold mining concessions.
The Russian naval force visiting Venezuela included the missile-bearing, nuclear destroyer Peter the Great, the anti-submarine ship Admiral Chabanenko, and two support vessels, with a combined crew of 1600. The Venezuelan navy would have been represented by up to 12 ships with about 1000 sailors.
Tal Cual, a Venezuelan daily newspaper, described the exercises as a clash of civilizations due to the strange and even hilarious events that occurred. To start with, the Cuban officers brought along by the Venezuelan navy as interpreters were not allowed by the Russians, who could not understand why the Venezuelan navy had to rely on Cuban personnel. When Venezuelan strongman Chavez tried to visit the ship Admiral Chabanenko, his bodyguards were not allowed to go aboard. A fistfight broke between the Russian sailors and the bodyguards -- one Russian sailor suffering a broken nose.
The Venezuelan participation in the exercises was finally reduced to two frigates, F21 and F24, and the transport ship T81, since the other units were not seaworthy. The access of Chavez to the flagship Russian Peter the Great was not allowed. In retaliation, Chavez refused to receive Russian President Medvedev at his arrival, sending his colorless vice president Ramon Carrizales instead. Medvedev was reportedly not amused, but his visit had objectives to fulfill that were more important than his irritation at Chavezs faulty protocol. Twenty-three agreements were signed, including the creation of a joint Russian-Venezuelan bank with $4 billion initial capital, direct flights Caracas-Moscow, a new aluminum smelter, Russian participation in the Venezuelan oil and gas sectors and the possible development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Medvedev also visited Brazil, Peru and Cuba before returning to Russia.
The strange events taking place during the naval exercises suggest that the Russian-Venezuelan exercise started on the wrong foot, in spite of the coquettish attitude of Chavez. If this is any indication of things to come, the Russians are probably in for another rocky relationship with Latin America, as complicated and unsatisfactory as the one they had with Cuba and Nicaragua decades ago.
I guess we don’t have to worry much about Russia yet. hehe
Ha Ha Ha!
That went well. LOL!!
Highly amusing. Thanks.
Chavez knows jack about military protocol.
I am still laughing
MERRY CHRISTMAS IVAN.
Well if this isn’t an episode for keystone cops, then I guess they could always rerun the great Venezuelan socialist society story.
In Valenzuela, inflation is running at about 50%, the oil company is passing out weekly milk rations of two quarts — Venezuela if you recall is where all the US Socialist Democrats went on their Hugo boot-licking trips in the last few years. Venezuela is the Democrats template for success.
Sounds like McHale’s Navy!
You're right! A squiddy friend of mine tells me "we had firing solutions on the Russians from the time they cleared the bar at Murmansk until they were alongside or anchored at Caracas."
He also said the Russians were only escorted by two attack boats which was unusual because back in the day that kind of task force would have had layers of nuc boats running ahead of the fleet to clear the seas for them.
The most unsurprising story of the year.
This is the best news I have heard all year.
Makes me hopeful that Chingalera head wont get ICBM’s
Stoopid pompous bastard
So let me see if I’ve got this straight...
Russian would not let Cuban translators on the ship in Venezuela.
The next stop is a courtesy visit to Havana.
Ya don’t suppose their trying to pull a fast one on both countries do you?
I would not laugh too hard considering we are starting the Obama years.
OK, I'm laughing hard :-)
pardin my spanglish