A senior Russian official has noted that Venezuela’s debt to Russia, a total of $3.15 billion owed to the Kremlin over a ten-year duration, will not be repaid in any component with Venezuelan state digital currency petro. Konstantin Vyshkovsky, chief of the Russian finance ministry’s state debt department, told reporters on Tuesday that Venezuela has not provided to pay part of the debt owed to Russia with its oil-sponsored nation digital currency, petro. However, Venezuela’s restructured debt compensation deal sees the South American country pledge to make minimal payments to the Kremlin over the subsequent six years toward in the end paying back a total of $3.15 billion over a decade.
Trumpeted by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the petro was launched in February as the world’s first-ever official state digital currency. Subsidized by Venezuela’s oil reserves in which the value of a barrel of oil is immediately pegged to the value of a single petro token, the digital currency was released as a way to avoid sanctions enforced by the United States.
The Russian official’s revelation comes quickly after a dramatic report from Time Magazine that pointed to ties among Russia and Venezuela within the development of the digital currency. Russian President Vladimir Putin was briefed at the attempt and individually signed off on it remaining 12 months as the report claimed, pointing to Denis Druzhkov and Fyodor Bogorodsky as the two key Russians concerned as Maduro’s advisers on the petro.
The report, by the way, was posted within a day of united states President Donald Trump issuing the first-of-its-type executive order barring American residents and citizens from buying and selling or obtaining the petro. All in all, the Kremlin speedy dismissed the Time Magazine report as fake information and a blatant lie. Even though admitting to being aware of Venezuela’s digital currency venture, Russia’s deputy director of data and Press department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Artyom Kozhin noted there was no way that Russian Financial Authorities each participated within the project.
The official said:
“Throughout the course of the meeting held on February 21 in Moscow, Venezuela’s Minister of economic system and Finance Mr. Simon Zerpa certainly passed over a booklet at the digital currency to the Russian Finance Minister solely for the reason of informing Russian companions about this venture. None of the events stated, mentioned or reviewed the topic of digital currency use in Russian-Venezuelan cooperation.”
Constructing upon claims to have raised $735 million on its first day of release, Venezuelan president Maduro currently stated the nonetheless ongoing token sale has raised over five billion dollars thus far. Overall, the numbers do not add up.