Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, left, speaks with Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russia's state-controlled Rosneft oil company, after a meeting at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas,

 

              Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, left, speaks with Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russia
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, left, speaks with Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russia's state-controlled Rosneft oil company, after a meeting at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. Chavez has built close ties with Russia, and on Thursday, a joint venture involving state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA and a consortium of Russian oil companies began to tap a rich deposit of heavy oil in eastern Venezuela. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)