Venezuela shifts oil ventures' accounts to Russian bank - document, sources

Juan Guaido who has appointed himself interim president speaks to supporters in the Venezuelan capital Caracas.                     Image DPA  PA Images

Juan Guaido who has appointed himself interim president speaks to supporters in the Venezuelan capital Caracas. Image DPA PA Images

In turn, Venezuelan government claimed that the country does not experience a humanitarian crisis, with President Nicolas Maduro, who blames Washington for staging a state coup in Venezuela, having called U.S. assistance as a "political show".

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. Maduro has denounced Guaido as a USA puppet seeking to foment a coup.

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"We stress that no new accounts have been opened and the bank does not plan to open any new accounts", Gazprombank said.

Since then, PDVSA has been pressing its foreign partners at joint ventures in its Orinoco Belt producing area to formally decide whether they will continue in the projects, according to two sources with knowledge of the talks.

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Russia's Gazprombank said on Sunday that PDVSA opened accounts with the bank several years ago and has not opened any accounts recently.

Norway's Equinor and France's Total are among the companies who run joint ventures with PDVSA. They also used correspondent banks in the United States and Europe to shift money to PDVSA's accounts in China.

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On February 4, most European Union member-states recognized Guaido as Venezuela's interim president.

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