Sputnik/Moscow: The second tanker follows the first of five Iranian vessels carrying an estimated total 1.53 barrels of gasoline between them. The first vessel, the ‘Fortune’, successfully reached Venezuela the day before, and was escorted into the port by the Bolivarian Navy.
A second Iranian oil tanker, the ‘Forest’, entered the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Venezuela early Sunday, met by the country’s navy. It followed the first tanker from Iran, the Fortune, that successfully reached the Venezuelan coast a day before.
Congratulations!!! to the Iranian Oil Tanker Forest the SECOND Oil Tanker of 5 that has now entered Venezuela EEZ! Long Live Iran Long Live Venezuela ⚓️🇮🇷❤️🇻🇪⚓️ Mabruk to All!!!😍 pic.twitter.com/RkhqODtwSq
— Suribelle (@Suribelle1) May 25, 2020
Three more oil tankers are expected to arrive to Venezuela from Iran. The five vessels are carrying an estimated 1.53 million barrels of gasoline between them.
#BREAKING | The Fortune, an Iranian-flagged vessel, reached the Venezuelan shores carrying approximately 45.5 million gallons of gasoline and related products.#Venezuela #Iran #GraciasIranhttps://t.co/BLlIgHPSO9
— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) May 24, 2020
According to reports, the Venezuelan navy ship PO-13 Yekuana escorted the Forest after it entered the EEZ.
— Sayed Abolfazl🇮🇷🇻🇪🇷🇺🇾🇪🇱🇧🇸🇾 (@IRI_SEAMAN) May 25, 2020
As the Forest was approaching the Latin America country, reports emerged that the tanker was being shadowed by the US-flagged offshore supply ship ‘Adam Joseph’ – the same vessel that reportedly followed the Fortune on Saturday.
This comes amid fears that the US could use military force against the Iranian tankers. Responding to the allegations, Tehran warned Washington that the White House will “face retaliation” if it tries to prevent the Iranian fleet from arriving to Venezuela.
Both the Iranian and Venezuelan oil sectors are suffering because of sanctions imposed by the US. For the Latin American country, the sanctions have, among other difficulties, resulted in a gasoline shortage.