Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is expected to meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin today in Moscow.
Chavez is in Russia at the start of a diplomatic tour to boost diplomatic ties.
An agreement to develop nuclear energy, the purchase of Russian tanks and a bi-national bank are on the agenda.
In the past three years, Chavez has bought at least $5 billion in weapons from Russia.
Moscow, meanwhile, is seeking to export atomic-energy expertise.
compiled from agency reports