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Bulgaria blocks transfers of 'millions of euros' from Venezuela

Sofia, Bulgaria.

Bulgaria blocked at the request of U.S transfers for several "million euros" made by the Venezuela oil company through this European country, in violation of the sanctions of Washington, the Bulgarian prosecutor's office announced on Wednesday

The Bulgarian government neutralized an account opened in a Bulgarian bank, where money from the Venezuelan company PDVSA bound for other countries, said Attorney General Sotir Tsatsarov.

"It is about millions of euros", said the director of the Bulgarian National Security Agency Dimitar Gueorguiev, at a press conference in Sofia.

Bulgaria, alerted by the United States, "verifies its entire banking system to know if other transfers from Venezuela have been received and if sums have been transferred abroad," he added.

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The United States adopted sanctions against the government of Nicolas Maduro and supports the head of the Parliament, Juan Guaidó, who proclaimed himself interim president on January 23 and was recognized by half a hundred states.

The objective "is to make sure that the wealth of the Venezuelan people is not stolen," the US ambassador in Bulgaria, Eric Rubin, said on Wednesday.

According to the attorney general, the suspicious account was opened by a Bulgarian binational lawyer, who could be prosecuted for "money laundering, but who is not currently in Bulgaria," he said.

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The funds that passed through Bulgaria were officially used to finance sports activities or for the purchase of food, which questions Washington.

Carlos Paparoni, chairman of the committee of the finance committee of the Venezuelan National Assembly, and related to Guaidó, said on Twitter on Sunday that PDVSA had tried to divert public funds through Bulgaria.

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