The foreign Ministry called the outrageous decision of the court of London gold Venezuela
Moscow considers the outrageous decision of the High court of London in a dispute over stored in Britain gold of Venezuela, was the actual rejection of one state to property of another, said the Russian foreign Ministry.
London's high court in a dispute between the Bank of Venezuela and Bank of England about the return of gold bullion to 930 million euros held in the United Kingdom, recognized the legitimacy of the presidency, opposition leader Juan Guido, who illegally declared himself head of state. The Central Bank of Venezuela has declared that will appeal against the decision of the court of London.
"We note with concern that the High court of London has decided to recognize the Huang Guido as "acting President" of Venezuela and give him access to the gold reserves of the country stored in the Bank of England," - said the Russian foreign Ministry.
"This decision is outrageous. Obviously, in the UK the independence of the court only works until the position of judges consistent with the view of the government. We have with great interest studied the legal reasoning of the High court of London, however, apparently, such arguments simply do not. British law is silent, is at stake when political expediency", - the Ministry noted.
As emphasized in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, "the result in the violation of number of principles and norms of international law – non-interference in internal Affairs, respect of sovereignty, immunity of state property – was the actual rejection from one state property to another state with the aim of supporting the unconstitutional coup in that other state". "And, of course, have been violated the interests of the Venezuelan people, already suffering from sanctions, is also contrary to international law," - said the Russian foreign Ministry.
At the end of January 2019, the Agency Bloomberg with reference to sources reported that the Bank of England refused to Caracas in the issuance of $ 1.2 billion bars of gold. One unnamed source told the news Agency that the decision not to issue the gold was taken after senior American officials, including US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and Advisor to the President for national security John Bolton, has put pressure on colleagues in the UK to block access to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to his assets abroad. Later Maduro said that the Bank of England kept 80 tons of gold owned by the Venezuelan authorities.
Also in the media appeared information that Guido appealed to Theresa may, at the time being as Prime Minister of great Britain, asking them not to return to the government of President Maduro gold bullion.
In Venezuela, 21 January 2019, the mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro shortly after the oath of office. The head of the National Assembly, controlled by the opposition, Juan Guido illegally declared himself interim head of state. A number of Western countries led by the US announced its recognition of Guido. In turn, Maduro called the head of the Parliament a puppet of the US. Russia, China, Turkey and several other countries have supported Maduro as the legitimate President. In Moscow called "presidential status" of Guido non-existent.