The Russian government is pushing back against reports that it helped Venezuela launch its controversial “petro” cryptocurrency.
Adding that the report “is a blatant lie,” the official continued:
The Time report noted connections between certain Russian businessmen and Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, further claiming that Russian president Vladimir Putin signed off on the petro, possibly to assist the evasion of U.S.-led sanctions.
The news came on the heels of U.S. president Donald Trump signing new sanctions into place, prohibiting Americans from buying or transacting with the petro, as previously reported.
Tass also reported that Maduro has claimed a number of trading pairs for the petro, including the Russian ruble, Turkish lira, euros and the yuan. Investors will be able to trade for these currencies beginning Friday, he said, though it is unclear where they can do so.
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