Iran says tankers were seized because Greece ‘stole’ oil

Iran says tankers were seized because Greece ‘stole’ oil

Iran says tankers were seized because Greece ‘stole’ oil

The seized Russian-flagged oil tanker Pegas is seen anchored off the shore of Karystos, on the Island of Evia, Greece. (Credits: Google)

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  • Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized two Greek warships in the Gulf last month.
  • The seizure came after Greece sent 115,000 tonnes of Iranian oil to the US Treasury.
  • Iran has been urged to release the ships by the United States, Germany, France and the U.S.
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Iran supreme leader stated on Saturday that the seizure of two Greek oil tankers late last month was revenge for Greecestole” Iranian oil.

On May 27, the Revolutionary Guards boarded and took control of two warships in the Gulf, charging “violations,” which Greece denounced as “piracy.”

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The seizure happened just two days after Greece announced that it would send 115,000 tonnes of Iranian oil from a Russian-flagged vessel seized in April to the US Treasury at the request of the latter’s sanctions regime.
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“The Iranian fuel was stolen off Greece, then the brave (forces) of the Islamic republic made up for that by seizing an enemy ship,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a televised speech commemorating the death of the Islamic republic’s founder, Ayatollah Ali Ruhollah Khomenei, in 1989.

“It’s you who stole our oil,” Khamenei remarked to the country’s “enemies.”

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Iran has been urged to release the ships by the United States, Germany, and France.

To carry out the seizures, Iranian navy helicopters put gunmen on the two tankers, according to Athens.

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