Chavez, a fierce U.S. critic, has said that the purchase of Russian missiles was imminent. He said the missiles would be used to defend oil installations.
Venezuela, the world's fifth-largest oil exporter, has benefited from a surge in crude prices.
In 2006, the country bought from Russia 24 Sukhoi 30 jet fighters, 53 MI-24 military helicopters and 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles.
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