The Venezuelan foreign minister Jorge Arreaza, has accused the US-backed opposition of planning Tuesday’s coup attempt in Washington.

While downplaying the scale of the uprising, Arreaza said it did not originate within the Venezuelan military, but that opposition leaders planned the event in Washington.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s associate Carlos Alfredo Vecchio leaves a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC in January 2019.

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza told Reuters by telephone that only around 30 soldiers had supported the coup instigated by opposition leader Juan Guaido.

He described the plot as “another chapter” of an American effort to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Bolton, a long-time major backer of the Venezuelan opposition, went public on Tuesday with his support for the coup attempt, pledging that “the USA stands with the minerals of Venezuela” while slamming Maduro’s “usurpation of democracy.”

Arreaza said that “916,050 square kilometers” –nearly the whole of Venezuela– is under the Maduro government’s control, except for“one small bridge and a highway near the military airbase” where Guaido-led opposition and a group of military supporting him are located.

RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.

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