Iran Says Greece Releases Seized Oil Tanker

Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) said Tuesday that Greece has ordered the release of an Iranian oil shipment seized from a Russian-flagged tanker in April.

PMO in a statement said that a court in Greece has issued its ruling to return the oil tanker to its owners, despite US pressure on Athens not to release the cargo.

The government of Greece did not comment on the news so far.

On April 19, the Greek Navy seized the Russian tanker Pegasus, operating under the Iranian flag near the Greek island of Evia in line with European Union sanctions imposed against Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

On May 27, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) boarded and seized two Greek-flagged oil tankers in the Gulf.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme spiritual leader of Iran, last week said that IRGC seized the tankers in retaliation against Greece because it “stole” Iranian oil.

Iranian officials did disclose the fate of the Greek tankers so far.

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