Four ships arrive for the Banias oil refinery near the Mediterranean coast
In violation of US sanctions, millions of crude oil barrels from Iran are en route to Syria.
According to a civilian naval intelligence firm, there are four vessels with more than 3 million barrels en route to the Banias oil refinery near the Mediterranean coast.
A satellite photograph captured two days ago on the southern part of the Red Sea shows four ships: Armaan 114, Sam 121, Darn and Romina.
Armaan 114, formerly known as Adrian Darya 1, was a vessel at the center of the US-Iran deadlock in the summer of 2019. It was approved by the Trump administration in August 2019 following its efforts to transfer oil to Syria.
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Syria is reeling from an oil shortage mainly relying on Iranian help. However, with heavy restrictions on both countries, the shortage has turned into a crisis, leading to the withdrawal of electricity and rationing of petrol.
Once the ships arrive, analysts believe they will supply Syria with enough oil for three weeks.
“Currently, one of the four Iranian tankers has the Suez Canal loaded with crude oil for Syria’s refinery in Barias,” said Sameer Madani, co-founder of Tanker Trackers. Romina has shut down her AIS, a familiar move of Iranian tankers to avoid tracking.
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“Only the first 900,000 barrels are now in the Mediterranean Sea and can reach Syria by Wednesday. The recent delays in the Suez Canal caused by the Eiver Given as well as today’s crash have exacerbated the crisis for a population of 17 million. ” Madani said.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzade told reporters in his weekly press briefing on 5 April that Iran had already been able to sell crude in defiance of sanctions. “We never waited, and you can see it in official and unofficial figures, to take back Iran’s share in the oil market,” he said.
Iranian Press TV quoted an unnamed source on Monday as saying that Iran would agree to return to commitments under the nuclear deal only if the US lifted all sanctions against it.
The report states that Iran will initiate its own measures to remove all US sanctions and return to JCPOAA commitments only after it has been verified.
Talks resumed in Vienna on Tuesday.