shadow of Alex Saab in the mining business and its relationship with Turkish
companies occurs just as Nicolás Maduro seems to be focused on a simultaneous
effort to entrust foreign partners with the rare and precious mineral deposits
of the so-called Orinoco Mining Arc, and close relationships with the regime of
Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey, an alliance of states that support each other in
circumventing Washington's financial sanctions.
does not seem a coincidence that, after the visits of several Venezuelan
ministers to the Eurasian country in recent months, Turkish products began to
appear in the CLAP boxes. Furthermore, at the same time, the shipments of tons
of Venezuelan gold began to be dispatched to Turkey in an exchange barely
explained by the authorities.
is an agreement established between Turkey and the Central Bank of Venezuela
(BCV), which is basically for the refining of gold," Víctor Cano, Minister of
Mining Development, told Reuters last July in response to accusations by
opposition members of the parliament, regarding the nature of the business. "It
is not smuggling to Turkey. There are agreements entered into by between the BCV
and Turkey," he insisted when questioned about the exploitation of the so-called
Mining Arc, an area of ??nearly 112,000 square kilometers in southern Venezuela.
Nicolás Maduro aims with its exploitation to find increasingly urgent revenues
in the face of the collapse of the oil industry, the traditional provider of
currency for the Republic.
Billingslea, assistant secretary for terrorist financing of the US Treasury
Department, this week described the swap between the two countries as a
"looting" and reported that 21 metric tons of gold left Venezuela in recent
months. "We have seen Turkish companies replace many of the food companies that
made incursions into the corruption related to the CLAP food boxes program," the
Associated Press (AP) reported.
to the Greek mythology, the kingdom of Midas ?the
monarch who died of hunger after taking his prodigious capacity to turn
everything he touched into gold to the absurd?
was in the territory of the present-day Turkey. Alex Saab, precisely found a new
formula in Turkey to camouflage his trading operations in food sales for the
CLAP until then centralized in Group Grand Limited, a company incorporated in
Hong Kong, whereby
he achieved at least two contracts with the Venezuelan Government of around 700
million dollars for the supply of food,
mostly purchased in Mexico, and another three with the Ministry
of Health for around 200 million dollars for the sale of medicines from
October 18, Mexican authorities pointed to the corporate network entwined from
Group Grand Limited to buy "low quality" products in that country and export
them to Venezuela with "overpricing." But Alex Saab and Álvaro Pulido Vargas
already had another firm in Istanbul, Mullberry Proje