About 20 tons of gold from the central bank of Venezuela was ready to be withdrawn on Tuesday by Boeing 777 to the Russian airline, which landed in Caracas a day earlier, a Venezuelan MP on Twitter said.
The $ 840 million gold bars were not known, but a source told Bloomberg News that it accounts for about 20 percent of the metal's holdings in the country. Gold has been set aside for loading, the report said.
The news, which first reports tweet, identifies the legislator as José Guerra. The MP did not provide evidence of his claim but was identified in the report as a former economist at the country's central bank with close ties to the workers still in existence.
Noticias Venezuela, a news center in the country, published a photo of it identified as a Nordwind Airlines plane from Moscow, which made the trip only with a crew aboard.
Simon Zerpa, Venezuelan Finance Minister, did not comment on the gold when he was reached by Bloomberg and denied that there was a Russian plane at Simon Bolivar Caracas International Airport
"I will start carrying Russian and Turkish aircraft every week, so everyone gets scared, "he joked.
Bloomberg came to Northwood, who did not comment on the purpose of the flight, the airline did not respond immediately to an email from Fox News. Can the US finish like Venezuela? WE CAN NOT LEARN THREE CRITICAL LEAVES
According to a news release Monday, a plane belonging to a Moscow company was seen at an international airport near Caracas. that there was speculation about the plane that was "parked at a private corner of the airport". And Reuters announced that this was the first time the plane had made the trip. Some conspiracy theories have circulated, including that the plane is being transported.
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Russia, one of the most stubborn supporters of President Nicolas Maduro, is responsible for billions of Latin American nations. Russia says it expects Venezuela to have problems with paying off debts before the upcoming Russian loan.
Russia also has major commercial interests in Venezuela, including the partnership of the state oil company Rosneft with Petroleos de Venezuela SA, a state-owned enterprise
At the same time, the Venezuelan Supreme Court agreed with the prosecutor's request to prevent the resignation of opposition leader Juan Guido, while the Socialist government is conducting a criminal investigation into his
work in the National Assembly that he is aware of personal risks, but added, "Venezuela is set to change, and the world is clearly aware what is happening. "
Fox News Bradford Betz, Samuel Chamberlain and the Associated Press contributed to this report.