With a simple announcement, Iran confirms the result and the occupation of the two tankers with a Greek flag in the Persian Gulf.
In particular, the IRGC Public Relations Department of the IRGC announced that: “Today (Friday) the IRGC Navy seized two Greek oil tankers due to violations in the blue waters of the Persian Gulf.”
According to The Iranian Coast Guard has seized two tankers off the coast of Bandar Lengeh and Assaluyeh, Iranian state media reported. they confiscated them.
The Guardian announcement comes as tensions between Iran and the West turn “red” over deadlocked negotiations over its evolving nuclear program. And while there have been a number of attacks in the Persian Gulf since former President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the 2018 agreement, there has been no significant incident at sea for months.
Its Guards They issued a statement accusing the tankers of indefinite violations.
These are Delta Tankers Delta Poseidon and Polembros Shipping Limited's Prudent Warrior.According to the information, there were 25 crew members in Delta, two of whom are Greeks, and in the Warrior there were 23 crew members, of which 8 are Greeks and one Cypriot.
Intense protest action against the Iranian Ambassador in Athens by the Greek Foreign Minister
Intense protest action against the Iranian Ambassador in Athens was carried out by Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the violent occupation of two Greek-flagged ships in the Gulf.
“The above acts are essentially equivalent to acts of piracy,” the Greek Foreign Minister said in a statement.
“The Secretary General strongly condemned these acts, which are contrary to fundamental rules of the International Law and International Navigation. He 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 on EU-Iran relations, “the statement said.
Earlier today, an Iranian navy helicopter crashed into the Greek-flagged ship Delta Poseidon, which was sailing in international waters (22 nautical miles off the coast of Iran) in the Gulf.
In The gunmen 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, off the Iranian coast.
At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises Greek citizens to avoid traveling to Iran.
Anxiety for the Greek sailors
An Iranian navy helicopter reportedly crashed into the Greek-flagged Delta Poseidon, sailing in international waters (22 nautical miles off the coast of Iran) in the Gulf, on Friday afternoon.
, armed captured the crew of the ship, including two Greek citizens.
A similar incident was reported to have occurred on another Greek-flagged ship, aboard seven Greek citizens, located near the Iranian coast.
At the moment it is not possible to communicate with the ships of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Merchant Shipping, however the Greek authorities are on alert in order to coordinate their actions.
American reaction Asked about the Iranian claim, Timothy Hawkins, commander of the US Navy's 5th Fleet based in the Middle East, told the AP that “we are watching”, but declined to comment further.
According to the AP, these are Iranian retaliations for the case of the Iranian-flagged ship Pegas, with 19 Russian crew. The United States has seized Iranian oil cargo aboard the ship. “According to Greek sources, the ship's officials have released official documents from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), based on which it appears that The ownership of the ship had been transferred before the war to a company that is not subject to sanctions.
The tanker sailed under the Russian flag until March 1, when it was renamed Lana and hoisted the Iranian flag.