Juan Guidotti: Andres Martinez Casares / Reuters
The leader of the Venezuelan opposition, the speaker of Parliament Joan Guido, declared himself interim President of the country, has asked the UK authorities to prevent the incumbent President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro to access the gold reserves. About it reports Reuters.
As noted, he wrote a letter to British Prime Minister Theresa may and the President of the Bank of England Mark Carney. It Guide asked them not to return to Caracas gold or money for it. “If the money will be transferred, (…) they are using illegal and kleptocratic regime of Nicolas Maduro for repression and ill-treatment of the Venezuelan people,” the letter reads.
The Agency notes that Venezuela holds in the Bank of England gold worth approximately $ 1.3 billion. The organization does not comment this information, referring to the confidentiality of customer data.
The loss of gold will be a serious blow to the country’s financial system and undermine its ability to obtain hard currency necessary to import goods, writes Reuters. Currently, the country is worsening the economic crisis, hyperinflation approaching 2 million percent a year.
January 26, Guido pointed to the fact that they will not allow new of abuse and stealing money for food, medicine, and the future of children.
On the same day it was reported that the Bank of England refused the government of Venezuela in the return of foreign gold assets. On the decision of London influenced Washington’s position, calling the British side to help “to stop the regime of Maduro from his foreign assets.” It was noted that stored in London gold bars are an impressive part belonging to Venezuela from $ 8 billion in foreign reserves.
Guido, proclaimed himself interim President on 23 January, amid protests. In support of it have already expressed the USA, Canada and several Latin American countries, later joined by Israel, and 28 Jan — Australia. Maduro rejected the ultimatum of the European countries, demanded to hold new elections and threatened otherwise to admit, Guido head of state.
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