Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has arrived in Moscow in a bid to boost bilateral ties.
An agreement to develop nuclear energy, the purchase of Russian tanks, and a binational bank are all on the agenda when Chavez meets senior Russian officials.
In the past three years Chavez has bought at least $5 billion in weapons including fighter jets, antiaircraft missile systems, and tanks from Russia.
Moscow, which is seeking to export atomic energy expertise, defends its deals with Venezuela, which is a signatory of nonproliferation treaties.
compiled from agency reports