Mysterious Turkish firm helped Maduro move $900 million in gold out of Venezuela

Mysterious Turkish firm helped Maduro move $900 million in gold out of Venezuela
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[Ed. – The timing certainly doesn’t look…mysterious.  Transactions like this can’t happen without the knowledge and approval of the Erdogan regime.]

Two months after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro visited his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, a mysterious company called Sardes sprang into existence.

The firm started business with a bang in January of 2018, when it imported about $41 million worth of gold from Venezuela, the first such transaction between the two countries in records that go back 50 years. The next month its volume more than doubled, with Sardes transporting almost $100 million worth to Turkey. …

While Sardes’s gold corridor appears to have closed in November, there are other avenues. …

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Erdogan traveled to Caracas in December to introduce the Venezuelan leader to Ahmet Ahlatci, chairman of one of Turkey’s largest gold refiners.

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