Monday, November 28, 2005
(transcribed by Livius). "The Venezuelan president will personally attend the ceremony that he has organized to sign the contracts with the Zapatero government. The Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, has gone all out to organize the signing of the military contracts with Spain that the defense ministers of both countries, Admiral Orlando Maniglia and José Bono, respectively, will sign today in Venezuela. The overall amount of the contracts is some 2 billion dollars, the largest amount ever invested by Chávez in military material. In this case, it is eight patrol boats and twelve Spanish aircraft, and yesterday Chávez thanked Spain for not “giving in to the pressure” of the US, which is opposed to the sale by Spain of military material to Venezuela."