"But we stress that no new accounts were opened and are planned to be opened in the bank", the spokesman said.
Customers of joint-venture operations run by Venezuela's state run oil company PDVSA have being told they must now deposit payments with Russian bank Gazprombank, according to reports. Reuters said PDVSA's move follows new USA financial sanctions imposed on January 28 and aimed at blocking President Nicolas Maduro's access to Venezuela's oil revenue.More news: Leicester City look to end winless streak against Tottenham Hotspur
Bolivian President Evo Morales on Saturday slammed Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido over his remarks on a possible US military intervention into the crisis-hit nation.
PDVSA several weeks ago informed customers of the new bank directions and has begun moving the accounts of its joint ventures, which can export crude separately.More news: Ooops! Ikea apologises after leaving New Zealand off map
Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim leader has told RT that the "corrupt regime" there is exclusively to blame for its dire humanitarian situation, and promised that democracy will be embraced, with free elections, once Maduro is gone.
The opposition leader launched a bid to oust Maduro last month, declaring himself interim president, a move recognised by the U.S. and around 50 other countries, including 20 from the European Union.More news: Adesanya earns hard-fought UD win over hero Silva at UFC 234
The European Union has encouraged member countries to recognize a new temporary government led by Guaido until new elections can be held. Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Turkey voiced support for Maduro.