Second oil tanker ‘Forest’ from Iran has entered the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Venezuela in early Sunday, met by the country’s Navy. It followed the first tanker from Iran, ‘Fortune’, that successfully reached Venezuelan coast a day before.
Three more oil tankers are expected to arrive to Venezuela from Iran. In total, all five vessels are carrying an estimated 1.53 million barrels of gasoline.
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
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According to reports, it was the navy ship PO-13 Yekuana that escorted ‘Forest’ after it entered EEZ.
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As ‘Forest’ was approaching the Latin America country, reports emerged that the tanker was followed by the US vessel ‘Adam Joseph’ – the same vessel that reportedly followed the first tanker ‘Fortune’ on Saturday.
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This comes amid fears that the US could use military force against the Iranian tankers. Responding to the allegations, Tehran has warned Washington that the White House will “face retaliation” if it tries to cause any trouble to the Iranian fleet arriving to Venezuela.
Both the Iranian and Venezuelan oil sectors are suffering because of the sanctions imposed by the US.
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