Chavez hails Russia for defying US with arms sale

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hailed Russia on Wednesday for defying a U.S. arms blockade by agreeing to sell fighter aircraft to his country.

Chavez will sign a $1 billion deal to buy at least 24 Russian Sukhoi-30 jets to replace oil-rich Venezuela's U.S. F-16s because after US sold them planes, they wouldn't sell them parts.

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