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Venezuela releases 2 American prisoners after US visit(New Report)
Two American prisoners were released from prison in Venezuela on Tuesday, following a high-level visit to the country by US officials from the White House and State Department, according to sources.
Citgo executives Gustavo Cardenas and six others were arrested in 2017 and convicted on accusations the US claimed were fabricated, including Cardenas. According to Reuters, Jorge Alberto Fernández, a tourist, was charged with terrorism for bringing a drone into the country.
The highest-ranking American official to visit the country in years paid a visit over the weekend. The Trump administration restricted imports of Venezuelan oil in 2019 because the West claimed that President Nicolás Maduro had fraudulently won a second term in office.
As President Biden announced an embargo on Russian oil, natural gas, and coal imports, a prisoner was released on the same day. U.S. sources said the release of the Americans was not part of any arrangement, but rather an apparent goodwill gesture. Venezuelan oil might help offset the loss of Russian supplies.