Iran says it expects confiscated oil shipment to be returned in full | Expedition News


Tehran’s remarks come after a Greek court ruling overturned an initial decision to confiscate the Iranian-flagged vessel Lana carrying the oil.

Iran has said it expects the oil shipment confiscated by the United States off the coast of Greece to be returned in full following a Greek court ruling reversing an initial decision to allow its entry.

The case arose when Greece in April seized the Iranian-flagged Lana with 19 Russian crew members on board near the island of Evia due to European Union sanctions.

In May, the United States confiscated some of the Iranian oil on board, transferring it to another vessel, following the initial Greek court ruling.

The decision of the Greek court to overturn this decision has not yet been made public.

“After intensive follow-up, the Greek appeals court will reverse the court’s initial decision on the confiscation of Iranian oil and … the entire oil shipment will be returned,” Iranian Ambassador Ahmad Naderi said.

“The issue remains the subject of intense consultations between the two countries to ensure the full implementation of the decision,” he added on the embassy’s Twitter account.

Greek media reported that the Lana was carrying more than 100,000 tonnes of Iranian crude, in violation of US and European sanctions against Iran.

The confiscation of the cargo prompted an angry reaction from Iran, with Iranian forces last month seizing two Greek oil tankers in the Gulf after Tehran warned it would take “punitive action” against Athens.

President Ebrahim Raisi said on Thursday that Iran had shown it would stand up to “bullies”.

“Like brutes, they stole our ship. Iran has proven that the era of “hit and run” is over and we have seized two of their ships. How many times do you want to test the Iranian nation? Raisi said in remarks broadcast by state television.

Asked if the latest court ruling could pave the way for the release of the two Greek tankers and their crews, Greek government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou said the Greek judiciary was independent.

“First of all, from the first moment, we did not connect the two incidents. The behavior of the Iranian forces towards the tankers was totally unjustified and unprovoked. Second, the judiciary in our country has proven to operate independently,” he told reporters.

In 2019, Iran seized a British tanker near the Strait of Hormuz two weeks after British forces detained an Iranian tanker near Gibraltar, accusing it of shipping oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions. EU. Both ships were later released.

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