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    Venezuelan Foreign Minister Says Exposed US Plans to Support Coup

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    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - On Saturday Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza confirmed alleged plans by US agencies to support a coup against the Venezuelan leadership.

    The New York Times, on Saturday, reported, citing US and Venezuelan sources, that the administration of US President Donald Trump had discussed plans to topple the country’s President Nicolas Maduro with rebellious Venezuelan military officers.

    "We expose the US government's plans to interfere [in Venezuela's affairs] and support military plots against Venezuela before the whole world. The US media itself releases new blatant evidence [of such interference]," Arreaza wrote on his Twitter blog.

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    According to the article released by The New York Times, at least three separate groups of Venezuelan servicemen were involved in conspiracies against Maduro's government. The coups were reportedly going to take place in the summer of 2017, March and May 2018, but none of the plans came to fruition.

    Meanwhile, US National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis has said that the United States is committed to a policy that provides for Venezuela's peaceful return to democracy.

    "U.S. policy preference for a peaceful, orderly return to democracy in Venezuela remains unchanged… The United States government hears daily the concerns of Venezuelans from all walks of life – be they members of the ruling party, the security services, elements of civil society or from among the millions of citizens forced by the regime to flee abroad. They share one goal: the rebuilding of democracy in their homeland," Marquis said as quoted by the Politico news outlet.

    Marquis added that Venezuela needed to restore the rule of law and governance based on democratic practices to find a way out of the country's worsening crisis.

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