Russia to Help Venezuela to Build Space Industry

Russia to Help Venezuela to Build Space Industry

In a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed a series of nuclear energy deals with President Hugo Chavez and agreed to help Venezuela build a space industry, the BBC reported.

The article quoted President Chavez saying: “we could install a satellite launcher here and a factory. We are already doing so with China, but Russia is offering to support Venezuela build its own [space] industry.”

President Chavez also was quoted as saying that the plans for a nuclear power generator would be for “obviously peaceful purposes…we aren’t going to make an atomic bomb.” The article suggests that nuclear power may be a solution to power cuts the country has been experiencing.

P.J. Crowley, U.S. State Department spokesman, expressed skepticism at the new plans, saying “…perhaps the focus should be more terrestrial than extraterrestrial,” the BBC also reported.

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