Venezuelan Minister of communications and information Jorge Rodriguez said that the country’s authorities prevented a new coup attempt.

According to Rodriguez, opponents planned to take control of warehouses with the weapon and the military airport in Caracas. In addition, they wanted to release former defense Minister of Venezuela Raul Badola and declare him President. As evidence, there are videos that show the transfer of weapons and money for these purposes, the Minister said.

In addition, opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with the help of foreign mercenaries wanted to kill the leader of the country, added Rodriguez.

The situation in Venezuela escalated on January 23, when mass protests after the opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaimed himself provisional President. The United States, most EU members, and Latin American countries recognized him as the legitimate head of state. Russia and a number of other States have announced their support for the current President Nicolas Maduro.