Venezuela receives first 2 Russian fighter jets

Venezuela has received its first two of 24 Sukhoi fighter jets from Russia, a key component of a hefty arms build up by President Hugo Chavez's government. The first two SU-30 jets landed at the Luis Del Valle Garcia naval base in Barcelona, some 230 kilometers east of Caracas, late Thursday, the air force press office said. Russia has become the largest weapons supplier to Venezuela with recent deals to sell 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles, 24 Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets and 53 Russian helicopters.