Last week Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met in Venezuela with President Hugo Chavez to discuss weapons sales to the Venezuelan military and the possibility of oil ventures and cooperation between Venezuela and Russia in this area. The Russian and Venezuelan governments have always been friendly and this meeting was based on that friendship. Chavez is currently trying for closer relations with Russia in Latin America to neutralize the US influence in the region. Chavez had hoped that the meeting could be used to discuss plans for Russia and Venezuela to cooperate in a plan for nuclear energy in Venezuela, but at the moment it seems relations between the two are not close enough for that. It seems that for the moment their friendship is limited to oil and weapons sales.