Denis Voroshilov. The UK foreign office accused Iran in breach of obligations not to supply oil to Syria, the Iranian Ambassador called on Tuesday, the foreign office said the foreign Ministry of the United Kingdom.
“Iran has assured the Gibraltar government that the oil tanker Grace 1/Adrian Darya 1 will not supply oil to anyone who is under EU sanctions in Syria and elsewhere. It is now clear that Iran has violated these promises, the oil was delivered to Syria,” – said in a statement the foreign Ministry.
“Today, the Minister of foreign Affairs (Britain) called the Iranian Ambassador to the foreign Ministry to condemn the actions of Iran,” is added to the message.
The head of the British foreign Minister Dominic Raab said that the fact that the sale of oil Syria is “part of a General pattern of behavior of the Iranian government” that tries to undermine stability in the region.
“We want to improve relations with Iran, but the only way to fulfil its own promises and to stick to the rules of the existing international system,” presented in the statement of the Minister’s words.
Power British of Gibraltar on 4 July suspected Iranian tanker Grace 1 in violation of EU sanctions against Syria. In the investigation of the case, the police detained the captain, the senior assistant of the tanker and two crew members. After more than a month the authorities of Gibraltar have decided to release the vessel. According to media reports, this happened a few hours after requests from the United States to delay the tanker. The Deputy head of the organization of ports and shipping of Iran Jalil Eslami reported that after the liberation of Grace 1 will go to the Mediterranean sea under a different name – Adrian Darya. In Iran, the liberation of the tanker called a victory of diplomacy and failure of White house policy.
After a couple of days, the U.S. issued a warrant for the arrest of the tanker Grace 1. According to the U.S. Department of justice, the court for the district of Columbia ruled that the oil tanker, all the oil on Board and 995 thousand dollars shall be forfeited in connection with violation of several American laws. Gibraltar on 18 August rejected a US request to prolong the detention of the Iranian tanker Grace1, citing differences in American and European sanctions against Iran. On the night of 19 August, the tanker left the waters of Gibraltar.
In September, the official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Iran Abbas Mousavi said that the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya (formerly Grace 1) sell oil, while at sea, but did not specify who it was.