Many Venezuelan opposition supporters are sceptical about mediation talks, given that past rounds have failed, divided the opposition and, in their view, merely bought time for Maduro to consolidate power and quash street protests.
“I had a very good talk with President Putin -- probably over an hour. We talked about many things. Venezuela was one of the topics. He is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela other than he'd like to see something positive happen for Venezuela,” Trump told reporters.
The United States says Russia-backed Maduro was elected illegitimately and that Guaido should lead Venezuelans to free elections after years of turmoil. Maduro describes Guaido as a collaborator in a US-engineered coup plot.
In its biggest political and diplomatic intervention in Latin America in years, the US government has rolled out waves of punitive measures against Venezuela, including several rounds of sanctions on its leadership, vital oil sector and banks.
Faced with the uncertainty of when it might return, and whether it would be enough, families in Venezuela are conserving as much as water as they can take from rivers or buy at shops. They are bathing, washing clothes and dishes and cooking with just a few liters a day.