The US President, Mr. Donald Trump, has said he held 'very positive' talks with his Russian counterpart, Mr. Vladimir Putin, on the crisis in Venezuela, where Washington is pushing to oust the Moscow-backed president.
Mr. Trump adopted a strikingly conciliatory tone following an hour-long conversation with Mr. Putin, coming days after an abortive military uprising in support of Mr. Juan Guaido, the opposition leader seeking to drive out Venezuelan President, Mr. Nicolas Maduro.
'It was a very positive conversation,' Mr. Trump said. 'He is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela other than he’d like to see something positive happen for Venezuela’.'And I feel the same way. We want to get some humanitarian aid. Right now people are starving.'
Mr. Trump’s tone came in stark contrast to that of his top advisors, in particular the Secretary of State, Mr. Mike Pompeo, who charged this week that the socialist Mr. Maduro had been poised to flee to Cuba, but was talked out of it by the Russians.