Four Russian vessels dock in Venezuela for official visit
Moskva is a warship equipped with long-range rockets and carrying 50 officials and 464 sub-officials and marines, who set sail for South America on June 6. The vessel and other three ships will remain in Venezuela until August 29, when they set sail for Spain and Portugal.
Along the vessels, there is also a Russian anti-submarine vessel, a tug-boat, and a tanker vessel.
The Russian navy delegation will visit the different components of the FANB and several public institutions, "where a tribute will be paid to Supreme Commander Hugo Chávez." On August 5, 2006, two Sukhoi 30 aircrafts landed at the airbase located in Maracay, northwest Venezuela, to commemorate Venezuela's Independence Day.
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.