UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Greece said on Tuesday it had not received a request from a disputed oil tanker between Iran and the United States to dock at one of its ports, while Washington warned Athens not to help the ship.
The tanker Adrian Daria 1, known as Grace 1, left Gibraltar on 18 August. The vessel was heading to the Greek port of Kalamata on the southern coast of Peloponnese and was due to arrive on August 26, ship tracking data showed on Tuesday.
“The ship is sailing at low speed and there is no official announcement yet that it will arrive at Kalamata,” a Greek shipping ministry spokesman said. The Ministry of Maritime Trade is following up with the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ”
Gibraltar authorities released the ship, which was being held off its coast after a five-week standoff over whether to deliver Iranian oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.
Shortly after the detention was overturned, a US federal court ordered her to be detained for various reasons, but Gibraltar authorities refused to comply with a US request based on the order.
Tehran said any US action to seize the ship would have “serious consequences”.
The United States has already announced that it conveyed its “strong position” to the Greek government over the Iranian tanker, which carries about 2 million barrels of oil.
A US State Department official said any efforts to help the Iranian tanker could be seen as support for a US-listed terrorist organization, which could have criminal and immigration-related consequences.
The official Athens News Agency quoted a Greek diplomatic source as saying that his country is in contact with the United States in this regard, without mentioning what action Athens will take.
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