Russia says Iran's tanker seizure arguments more convincing than UK's

Russia says Iran's tanker seizure arguments more convincing than UK's ...
presstv.com 22/07/2019 Politics

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Russia says Iran's arguments for its recent seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz were more convincing than those of London.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov (Photo by AFP)

* * * "Arguments cited by the Iranian side to explain its actions are much more convincing than vague references to the European Union’s sanction law that were used by the Gibraltar authorities with the United Kingdom’s backing at the moment of the arrest of a Panama-flagged tanker carrying Iranian oil," said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.
"Iran’s arguments are much more right than those of Gibraltar and London who are indulging in piracy," he went on to say. "Iran is taking care of the ecology in the Strait of Hormuz."
On July 19, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy captured British oil tanker Stena Impero for violating international maritime laws when crossing the high-traffic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.
Iranian officials says the vessel had switched off its GPS locator, in contravention of international regulations, and was sailing into the strategic waterway in a wrong traffic pattern.
The taker was transferred to the port of Iran’s southern city of Bandar Abbas for maritime casualty investigation.
Iran's seizure of the UK tanker came almost one month after London seized an Iranian supertanker for allegedly violating unilateral European Union sanctions on Syria.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is to hold a meeting of Britain's emergencies committee on Monday to discuss Iran's seizure of Stena Impero in the Persian Gulf.
In one of her final important acts as prime minister before resigning on Wednesday, May will chair a meeting of Britain's COBR emergencies committee at around 10:30 am (0930 GMT), a Downing Street office said.
A spokeswoman said in a brief statement that "as well as receiving the latest updates from ministers and officials, the COBR meeting will discuss the maintenance of the security of shipping in the Persian Gulf."
It will be the third emergency committee meeting held in the UK since Iran seized the Stena Impero tanker on Friday.
In May, Iran began initiating a set of measures to respond to the US’s departure from the JCPOA and the European partners’ refusal to guarantee Tehran’s business interests under the deal.
The measures have already seen Tehran surpassing the 3.67-percent cap set by the JCPOA on the level of its uranium enrichment.
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