PortandTerminal.com, May 29, 2020
“Take that, Trump! Venezuela’s oil shipments from Iran show how alliances can help defy US sanctions” Russian media website RT.com (May 29, 2020)
WASHINGTON – Iranian media is reporting Iran’s fourth tanker, the Faxon, has safely berthed at port of Puerto La Cruz in the east of Venezuela this morning (Friday).
According to a report by MarineTraffic.com, the Faxon entered Venezuela’s special economic zone on Thursday morning.
Three other tankers, Fortune, Forest and Petunia, have already reached Venezuela under military escort over the course of the past week.
That now leaves just the fifth tanker, the Clavel, which is en route to Venezuela and expected to arrive early next week.
The oil industries of Iran and Venezuela are both under U.S. sanctions. Together, the five tankers are bringing 1.53 million barrels of gasoline and alkylate to Venezuela to help jump-start the oil refineries in the Latin American state amid a crippling fuel crisis.
The tankers’ unimpeded arrival in Venezuelan waters came despite warnings by U.S. officials that Washington was considering a “response” to the fuel shipment.
“If our tankers in the Caribbean or anywhere in the world face any problems caused by the Americans, they will face problems as well,”Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
So far though, the only response has come from Iran, which has mocked America’s inability or unwillingness to stop its tankers from delivering their cargos to Venezuela.
Dangerous Precedent Mr. President
Words and threats need to mean something or they quickly become meaningless.
Iran, Venezuela and others now have good reason to question America’s resolve when it threatens action. That’s dangerous because it can lead to bigger risks being taken. Five tankers this time? Why not ten tankers next time and send military supplies as well? “Perhaps President Trump will threaten and Tweet but in the end, it’s all just bluster” they may tell themselves to justify the risk.
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