Today, Friday, the Iranian navy seized two Greek-flagged oil tankers in Gulf waters in response to Athens’ seizure of an Iranian oil shipment and announcing the start of procedures for its delivery to the United States.
According to local reports, the Iranian military seizes two Greek-flagged oil tankers in response to the seizure of an Iranian tanker by allowing Athens and the United States to seize crude oil from it.
The Revolutionary Guards said the Iranian navy seized two Greek oil tankers in Gulf waters.
And the Associated Press quoted the US Navy as studying reports that Iran seized two Greek oil tankers.
Earlier, Iran demanded the release of an oil tanker that belonged to it, after Greek authorities seized it and announced its intention to turn it over to the United States of America.
Iran’s foreign ministry said it had subpoenaed the chargé d’affaires from the Swiss embassy, which represents US interests in Tehran, over the severing of diplomatic relations between the two sides since 1980.
Athens announced on Wednesday that it would hand over to Washington, which sanctions crude oil exports from the Islamic Republic, a shipment of Iranian oil aboard the “Lana” tanker, which was seized by Greek authorities in mid-April. at the request of the US judiciary.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry said the chargé d’affaires was aware of “the grave concern and protest of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the continued clear violation of international maritime law and standards and relevant international agreements, in particular the principle of freedom.” of navigation and free international trade, by the United States government.”
It also stressed the need to “immediately lift the seizure of the ship and its cargo”, without specifying the name or nature of what it is carrying.
The semi-official website “Noor News” states that Iran has decided to take “punitive measures” against Greece for the seizure of an Iranian oil shipment off the Greek coast.
The Greek authorities had seized the Russian oil tanker “Pegas” (the name was changed to “Lana” a few days later), in implementation of sanctions imposed by the European Union against the background of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In a statement released Friday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry confirmed that the ship “belongs to the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran”.
However, the “Marine Traffic” website, which specializes in maritime traffic tracking, indicated that the ship is still legally under the Russian flag, even after the name has been changed.
The tanker was reported to be carrying 115,000 tons of Iranian oil.
Greek authorities confirmed on Wednesday that they would transfer the charge to Washington at the request of a US court, in a move that Tehran viewed as evidence of “piracy”.
A source with the Greek Coast Guard confirmed that the shipment of the cargo to a ship flying the flag of Liberia started today, Friday, and will take “several days”.