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Putin Sees Venezuela Oil Deals Moving Ahead After Chavez

Russia expects to continue benefitting from economic ties with Venezuela via billions of dollars in oil and weapons contracts after the death of Hugo Chavez, who led the South American country for 14 years.

“A constructive, positive and mutually beneficial agenda will remain a constant for any government, as it will from the Russian side,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk today.