Iranian Tanker to Retrieve Oil Cargo Confiscated by US This Week

The removal of oil from the Lana, formerly Pegas, prompted Iranian forces to seize two Greek tankers in the Middle East Gulf which have not yet been released.

Reuters

An Iranian-flagged tanker anchored off the Greek port of Piraeus is expected this week to retrieve part of its cargo of oil confiscated by the U.S. and sail back to Iran following a Greek court ruling, government sources said on July 27.

The case has strained relations between Athens and Tehran amid growing tensions between Iran and the U.S.

The removal of oil from the Lana, formerly Pegas, prompted Iranian forces to seize two Greek tankers in the Middle East Gulf which have not yet been released.

“The [Greek] Supreme Court’s ruling... is in Iran’s favor,” a Greek government official said, asking not to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue. The official said the ruling, which has not been made public, had come to the government's knowledge on July 26.

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