23 January 2020

EU, European countries decry British ship seizure

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The EU and some European countries on Saturday called on Iran to release the British oil tanker, which it seized on Friday, and its crew. reports citing Anadolu Agency.

The European Commission expressed “deep concern” over the seizure of the British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.

It said the move would escalate tensions in the region, and called on Tehran to exercise restrain.

On Friday, Iran said it had confiscated British tanker Stena Impero in the strategic waterway, in a move that followed Britain's July 4 seizure of an Iranian-flagged oil tanker off Gibraltar, a British overseas territory that abuts southern Spain.

London said the Iranian tanker was suspected of smuggling oil to Syria, in violation of EU sanctions on the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Iranian authorities said the 30,000-ton British-flagged ship has been taken to Iran for legal procedures.

2019.07.21 / 13:56
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