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Russia Refutes Rumors of A Plane Sent to Venezuela to Recover Gold from the Country

MOSCOW – According to previous rumors, a mysterious plane flied to Caracas either to bring Russian mercenaries or to evacuate President Maduro, or to take 840 million dollars of Venezuelan gold, Sputnik reported Monday quoting Fox News.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he was unaware of plans by Moscow to bring Venezuelan gold to Moscow. Rumours that Russia has sent a secret plane carrying 20 tons of Venezuelan gold were reported by Fox News earlier Wednesday.
“Russia is ready to help resolve the political situation [in Venezuela] in any way possible, without interfering in the country’s internal affairs,” Peskov was quoted as saying by Russian media.
Speaking to reporters, Peskov urged them to “pay attention to the various hoaxes”.
According to the previous Fox News report, a Boeing 777 from Nordwind Airlines reportedly made a trip between Moscow and Caracas, where it was parked “in a private corner of the airport”. The report said that the plane, capable of carrying some 400 passengers, only counted its crew.
The report quotes a tweet written by an unnamed Venezuelan official, who was later identified as a former economist at the country’s central bank who had connections with his employees. The source said more than $ 840 million worth of gold had already been prepared to be loaded onto a plane.
An image of Nordwind Airlines’ plane was put online by Noticias Venezuela, a local news agency.
According to other rumors, the plane allegedly transported mercenaries sent to support President Maduro, but nothing proves these claims, reported Fox News.
Simon Zerpa, Venezuelan Finance Minister, denied that a Russian plane was parked at Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas.
“I will start bringing Russian and Turkish planes every week so everyone is scared,” he joked in an interview to Bloomberg.
Rumors may have been triggered by an earlier statement by Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak that Russia expects Venezuela to have trouble managing the state debt because of political crisis. The Ministry of Finance subsequently issued a statement that Venezuela should make its next payment by the end of March and that no changes have been made to the debt agreement.
Bolivia joins Mexico, the international conference of Uruguay on the initiative of Venezuela.
Earlier on Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia will “do everything” in a constitutional framework to support President Maduro.
“Together with other responsible members of the international community, we will do everything in our power to ensure that the legitimate government of President Maduro respects the Venezuelan Constitution and uses crisis-resolution methods consistent with the constitutional framework,” he said.
Venezuela is currently facing a political crisis and major anti-government protests. Opposition leader Juan Guaido has declared himself interim president of the country and has received support from the United States. Russia, along with several other nations, continues to recognize Nicolas Maduro, who won the last national elections, as the only legitimate leader in the country.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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