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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The US Treasury Department has instructed Citibank in New York to transfer blocked funds in an account in the name of the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) to an account held by the US central bank.

The Venezuelan National Assembly later approved this, which allowed the opposition around the self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaidó to access and take possession of the funds.

In a statement, the BCV has denounced this act and described it as a "serious offense of international organized crime" committed by the government of US President Donald Trump "in collusion with extremist . . .

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