During one of his cadenas (where he addresses the country in every licensed TV & radio station), Hugo Chavez announced the arrival of a “batallion of Russian tanks” (link in Spanish):
“Dentro de poco comenzarán a llegar batallones de tanques rusos para la brigada blindada”, afirmó Chávez, sin más precisiones
(“Batallions of Russian tanks will soon start arriving for the armored brigade”, Chavez stated, without offering further details)
The Noticias 24 article points out that Venezuela has acquired $4.4 billion worth of Russian weaponry since 2005.
For peaceful purposes? Certainly his neighbors don’t think so:
WikiLeaks: Lula was afraid of Venezuela’s purchase of Russian aircrafts
The former Brazilian president expressed his concern to his US counterpart
Cross-posted at The Green Room