Tit-for-tat: Iran flares tensions after seizing two Greek oil tankers in Persian Gulf



In an obvious tit-for-tat transfer, two Greek oil tankers have been seized by Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard within the Persian Gulf on Friday, media reviews stated. This comes as Greece had seized an Iranian oil tanker on the request of the US over the alleged violations of sanctions within the Mediterranean Sea just lately. The tensions are already excessive between Iran and the West because the negotiations have been stalled over the nuke deal. On its web site, the Iranian pressure issued an announcement. In it, the Guard accused the unnamed tankers of unspecified violations.  

On the event, the Overseas Ministry of Greece has made a robust demarche to the ambassador of Iran in Athens over the ‘violent taking up of two Greek-flagged ships’ within the Persian Gulf. “These acts successfully quantity to acts of piracy,” an announcement of the ministry stated.  

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Calling for the quick launch of the ships and their crews, the ministry stated that these acts would have ‘notably damaging penalties’ in bilateral relations. It can additionally degrade Iran’s relations with the European Union as Greece is a member of the physique.   

An Iranian helicopter landed on the Greek-flagged ‘Delta Poseidon’, which was in worldwide waters round 22 nautical miles off the coast of Iran, as per the assertion of the ministry earlier on Friday. “Armed males then took the crew captive,” it stated. The crew contains two Greek nationals.  

“An analogous incident has been reported on one other Greek-flagged vessel, that was carrying seven Greek residents, near the coast of Iran,” the ministry stated. The second ship has been recognized because the Prudent Warrior, a Greek official instructed on situation of anonymity. The proprietor of the vessel, Polembros Delivery in Greece, stated the corporate was “cooperating with the authorities and making each attainable effort to handle the scenario successfully.”   

(With inputs from companies) 

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