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Kremlin slams claims of gold transfer from Venezuela to Russia as 'fake news'

January 30, 13:28 UTC+3

Putin's spokesman urged a "cautious attitude" to various media reports

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Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov

© Mikhail Metzel/TASS

MOSCOW, January 30. /TASS/.Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has dismissed charges by Venezuelan National Assembly member Jose Guerra that Moscow has tried to move 20 tonnes of gold to Russia.

"There is no such information," Peskov said in reply to a question.

He urged a very cautious attitude to various "fake news."

Peskov recalled that Moscow had already declared its willingness to help settle the domestic political crisis in Venezuela.

"Russia is prepared to promote a settlement to the political situation in Venezuela without meddling in that country’s internal affairs," he said. "Russia is categorically against any meddling by third countries in Venezuela’s internal affairs."

Earlier, on January 29 a post published by the verified Twitter account of Venezuela’s National Assembly on behalf of parliament member Jose Guerra said that according to information allegedly obtained from Central Bank officials a plane had arrived from Moscow for taking 20 tonnes of gold out of the country.

Political upheaval rocks Venezuela

Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been cancelled by the country’s Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally in the country’s capital of Caracas on January 23. Several countries, including the United States, Lima Group members (excluding Mexico), Australia, Albania, Georgia and Israel, as well as the Organization of American States, recognized him as president. Maduro, in turn, blasted the move as a coup staged by Washington and said he was severing diplomatic ties with the US.

Meanwhile, Spain, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands said that they would recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president unless Maduro called elections by February 3.

In contrast, Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Turkey voiced support for Maduro, while China called for resolving all differences peacefully and warned against foreign interference. The United Nations secretary general, in turn, called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.

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