Venezuelans reacted with despair and resourcefulness on Tuesday as nationwide power cuts closed schools and businesses, paralyzing a nation that was only starting to recover from its worst blackouts earlier this month.
As with the previous outage, President Nicolas Maduro's government blamed US-backed opponents, accusing them of sabotaging the Guri dam, which supplies the bulk of Venezuela's electricity. The nongovernmental organization Doctors for Health said 26 people died in public hospitals.
"It is disgusting, it's a situation that we can not tolerate", said Elizabeth Contreras, 50, who works as a cleaner in a bank in eastern Caracas. "I'm going home because there's no work, there's nothing going on".
Pompeo's call to Lavrov came after a Venezuelan official said Russian aircraft arrived in Caracas this past weekend as part of ongoing military cooperation.
Washington and its allies support Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido and recognise his claim to be acting president in defiance of Maduro.
Venezuelan embassies in Colombia have been closed since Maduro cut all diplomatic relations with the neighboring country on January 23 when a mission to send US -donated humanitarian aid into Venezuela via Colombia ended in skirmishes and chaos.
Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, will meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on Wednesday and first lady Melania Trump in Florida on Thursday, White House officials said.
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Earlier, a local newspaper reported that the power was out at Venezuela's main worldwide airport outside Caracas.
Sitting on a bench in a plaza, 72-year-old Armando Taioli gestured at people walking in the streets or traveling in buses and said they were adapting as best they could to the power outages, but that he fears social unrest if the situation deteriorates.
The government was forced to cancel the workday due to the lack of power, but many people went to their jobs unaware of the announcement.
Venezuela's western cities, including Maracaibo and Barquisimeto, as well as the central city of Valencia, also had no power on Tuesday, according to witnesses.
Venezuelans have been hit by a second country-wide electricity outage this month. But he said, "the intention of Venezuela's far-right is to attack, generate anxiety and anguish, in order to seize power and steal all our resources".
Pompeo called on Russian Federation to cease its unconstructive behavior. For almost a week it left millions of people struggling to obtain food and water and hospitals without power to treat the sick. But upon returning he has focused most of his energy on sustaining his movement, which has lost some of its momentum, as Maduro remains in power and Venezuelans focus on the hard task of surviving.