Venezuela military to ESCORT Iranian fuel tankers to Caracas against de facto naval blockade by US

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      (RT) Caracas will send ships and aircraft to ensure five Iranian tankers, said to be loaded with some 1.5 million barrels of oil, make it safely to Venezuelan shores amid reports the US is seeking to hinder the delivery.

      “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 cooperation,” Venezuela’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López said on Wednesday, referring to the five Iranian-flagged vessels expected to bring some much-needed fuel to Venezuela in late May or early June.

      His announcement comes after Washington signaled it might interfere with the vessels’ passage, with one official telling Reuters last week that the US has been “looking at measures that can be taken,” while calling the impending delivery “unwelcome” by the US and by the region as a whole.

      Such talk has drawn ire in Tehran, with Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi accusing the US of threatening “piracy” and vowing “a decisive response” if Washington moves to impede “free and legal movement” of the tankers.

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        Jim Lane
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        @soryang

        Donald Trump doesn’t give a flying fuck about any law that constrains his desires.

         

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          soryang
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          …particularly in the South China Sea.   So the potential for hypocrisy and loss of standing internationally is evident.   The UK seizure of an Iranian vessel on its way to Syria near Gibraltar not too long ago is an example of the legal principle in action.    The UK caved after its illegal action because the hypocritical and unlawful act was unsupportable.

          We are the beneficiary of the principle, we disregard it at our peril.   These kinds of actions only further contribute to the loss of standing of the US in world opinion, and encourage the increased impetus by other states to search for alternative international leadership.   We damage the organs of international order, in this case UNCLOS, at our own risk.

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      mrdmk
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      The tanker ships are filled with gasoline, not oil. Venezuela has plenty of oil. They just cannot process the oil because the refineries need parts which are blocked by the US sanctions.

      Juan Guaido receive an undeserved standing ovation at Trump’s last State of the Union Address by Republicans and Democrats. Expect no mercy what-so-ever from the United States. If Trump can fuck with Venezuela, it would be a feather in his crown.

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      Fasttense
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      Let’s see if Trump does anything.

    • #317961
      Captain Arizona
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      Trump has to way the cost of stoping the tankers. Not the ability of the navy stoping them. I remember the naval blockade of Cuba in 1962. Russian(ussr) navy told nikita krushev nyet! we can’t fight u.s.navy.

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