FOURTH oil-filled Iranian tanker reaches Venezuelan shores defying US pressure
The Faxon has safely arrived in Venezuela following a long journey in rough seas, the Venezuelan Navy wrote on Twitter. A short clip was also uploaded showing their littoral ship escorting the friendly vessel as it cruised through the Caribbean Sea.
The tanker is part of a five-ship flotilla dispatched to bring a total of over 1.5 million barrels of fuel to Venezuela. Three vessels, the Fortune, the Clavel, and the Forest, have already reached their destinations.
#28Mayo || La TRIBU @ABGUAIQUERIPO11 finaliza exitosamente la misión encomendada de acompañamiento al buque mercante Iraní #FAXON a puerto seguro!#ULTIMAHORA#gasolina#VenezuelaDefiendeSuOro#LealesSiempreTraidoresNunca@NicolasMaduro@ArmadaFANBpic.twitter.com/rcvrKappps— Patrullero Oceánico AB. GUAIQUERI PO-11 (@ABGUAIQUERIPO11) May 28, 2020
Caracas previously claimed that Washington was ready to apply “military force” to frustrate their voyage, citing reports that a maritime task force was amassing outside Venezuela’s exclusive economic zone. Tehran warned of retaliation if the US causes any “trouble” for the ships.
Though oil-rich, the South American country plunged into an energy crisis and economic downturn due to sweeping US sanctions and political unrest after Washington-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself ‘interim president’.Also on rt.com Take that, Trump! Venezuela’s oil shipments from Iran show how alliances can help defy US sanctions
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