IRANIAN OIL ARRIVES IN VENEZUELA DESPITE US THREATS
The first of five Iranian tankers carrying fuel for Venezuela entered the South American country’s exclusive economic zone on Saturday (Sunday, May 24, 2020 in Manila) despite U.S. warnings that it was considering a response to the shipment.
“The ships from the fraternal Islamic Republic of Iran are now in our exclusive economic zone,” tweeted Tareck El Aissami, Venezuela’s economy vice president and recently named oil minister, Reuters reporters Deisy Buitrago and Luc Cohen said.
Venezuelan state television showed images of a navy ship and aircraft preparing to meet the tanker named Fortune. The defense minister had pledged that the military would escort the tankers once they reached Venezuela’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) due to what authorities described as threats from U.S.
The tanker flotilla is carrying a total of 1.53 million barrels (bbl) of gasoline and alkylate to Venezuela, according to both governments, sources and calculations by TankerTrackers.com.