The Venezuelan military will escort Iranian tankers delivering much-needed petrol to the country to prevent any attempt by the US to stop them. Five vessels are on the high seas and are due to arrive in the coming days. Venezuela's defence minister said they would be "welcomed" into its exclusive economic zone, which extends 370km (200 nautical miles) from its shores.
H/T: BBC News
"When they enter our exclusive economic zone, they will be escorted by Bolivarian National Armed Forces boats and planes to welcome them in and thank the Iranian people for their solidarity and co-operation," Venezuelan Defence Minister Gen Vladimir Padrino said on state television on Tuesday.
#Iran-ian oil tankers #Fortune #Petunia #Forest #Faxon #Clavel are en route to #Venezuela despite #US sanctions!— IWN (@A7_Mirza) May 16, 2020
We have an interesting week ahead! 😉
Fortune, Petunia and Forest passed the Gibraltar, Faxon is near the Gibraltar and Clavel is in Mediterranean Sea. pic.twitter.com/QaEpQspAoo
Venezuela tells America its navy will escort Iranian oil tankers arriving with much-needed fuel https://t.co/wj0G3bCpUg— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) May 21, 2020
Thread by @HeshmatAlavi: LONG THREAD 1) "Iranian oil tankers en route to Venezuela despite US sanctions" Let’s dig into why #Iran’s mullahs w be grateful to Obama for the windows provided to establish ties with the Chavez/Maduro regime in Venezuela. #Oba… https://t.co/wHQHbmRmz5— Carlos A. (@carlitosangulo) May 21, 2020
In defiance of US maximum pressure campaigns, Iran is bailing out Venezuela by dispatching five large oil tankers to relieve Maduro's gas shortage. Iran's attempt to oppose US priorities must be met with resolve. China, Iran and Venezuela cannot succeed https://t.co/IMDdPRW29X— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) May 19, 2020