CARACAS - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez praised Russia for its stance on the Syria conflict and accused the Arab League of siding with the US "empire" over that conflict and last year's war in Libya.
Venezuela's socialist leader is a virulent critic of the United States and is vocal in his support for Syria's President Bashar Assad, as he was with Libya's late Muammar Gaddafi.
"Fortunately we have Russia, which has taken a strong stance against the military position against Syria," Chavez said in a phone call to Venezuelan state television late on Sunday, adding that no such turmoil could ever happen in Latin America.
"The Arab League has sided with the 'empire'. It called for Libya to be attacked. This would never happen in Latin America. Here there's a (revolutionary) process underway."