$840M in gold bars prepared for loading onto Russian jet at Venezuelan airport

About 20 tons of gold from Venezuela’s central financial institution was prepared to be hauled away Tuesday on a Russian airline’s Boeing 777 that landed in Caracas a day earlier, a Venezuelan lawmaker wrote on Twitter.

The vacation spot of the $840 million in gold bars was unknown, however a supply advised Bloomberg News that it represented about 20 % of the nation’s holding of the steel. The gold was put aside for loading, the report stated.

The information outlet, which first reported on the tweet, recognized the lawmaker as Jose Guerra. The lawmaker didn’t present proof for his declare however is recognized in the report as a former economist at the nation’s central financial institution with shut ties to employees nonetheless there.

Noticias Venezuela, a information outlet in the nation, posted a photograph of what it recognized as a Nordwind Airlines aircraft from Moscow that made the journey with solely a crew aboard.

Simon Zerpa, Venezuela’s finance minister, didn’t remark in regards to the gold when reached by Bloomberg and denied there was a Russian aircraft at the Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas.

“I’m going to start bringing Russian and Turkish airplanes every week so everybody gets scared,” he joked.

Bloomberg reached out to Nordwind, which didn’t touch upon the aim of the flight. The airline didn’t instantly reply to an e-mail from Fox News.

A aircraft belonging to a Moscow-based firm was reportedly seen Monday heading to a world airport close to Caracas, in line with flight monitoring information.

Reuters reported that there had been hypothesis in regards to the jet that was “parked by a private corner of the airport.” And Reuters reported that it was the primary time the aircraft made the journey.

Some conspiracy theories have circulated, together with that the aircraft carried mercenaries, however there was no stable proof, Reuters reported.

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