We ‘tangled’ in the web of Western sanctions against Iran-Russia – The seizure of tankers

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Yesterday’s piracy of the two Greek tankers by the Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf is part of the ongoing economic-energy war between the West (Europe-USA) and the East (Russia and Iran).

Greece, by nature and on the side of the West, was caught in the web of confrontation between the two poles, and is in this case the “easy” victim, in the case of Tehran – although the Guards of the Revolution are not an official “exponent” of the state- to send her message to the US.

The seizure of a shipment of Iranian crude oil transported by a Russian tanker on April 15 off the coast of Evia, particularly alarmed Tehran. In fact, the information, which is not fully confirmed, that the Iranian oil was loaded on another tanker and then sent to the USA, in an operation coordinated and carried out by Washington, created the conditions for an immediate response from Iran.

The retaliation was expressed by the Revolutionary Guards, which is a state within a state in Iran, they are autonomous from the official leadership, however they act as communication vessels with Tehran. Entangled in the web of controversy and with the recent incident in Evia fresh, Greece was targeted and through the occupation of the two tankers, it is “punished” for the tolerance – at least – that it showed to the American “I want”.

At the same time, through the occupation of the two Greek tankers, it sends a clear message to Washington and the West in general, that future seizures of oil tankers will be addressed with a similar response.

New threats

The problem or adventure may have just begun, given that at least 17 Greek ships are currently sailing in the Persian Gulf and Tehran, according to domestic media, may take other similar steps to seize their cargo and arrest them. of its crews.

Intense reaction of the Foreign Minister

By order of Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Secretary General of the Ministry Themistoklis Demiris recently staged a strong protest against the Iranian ambassador in Athens regarding the violent seizure of two Greek-flagged ships in the Gulf.

The above acts are essentially equivalent to acts of piracy, it is pointed out in an announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned these acts, which are contrary to fundamental rules of International Law and International Navigation, and called for the immediate release of the ships and their crews.
He also stressed that these actions will have a particularly negative impact on bilateral relations, as well as EU-Iran relations.

According to the announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, earlier today a helicopter of the Iranian navy joined the Greek-flagged ship Delta Poseidon which was sailing in international waters (22 nautical miles off the coast of Iran) in the Gulf. Armed men then captured the ship’s crew, including two Greek citizens.
A similar incident was reported to have occurred on another Greek-flagged ship, aboard seven Greek nationals, which was off the Iranian coast.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already informed the European External Action Service, the International Maritime Organization, as well as allies and partners of Greece.
In light of the above, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises Greek citizens to avoid traveling to Iran.

Greek-flagged ships are required to follow the instructions of the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy, with which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in close coordination and constant communication.

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