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Pressure on Mediterranean states: Iranian tanker "Adrian Darya-1" is heading for Turkey

2019-08-25T06:59:01.282Z

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Athens / Nicosia (AP) - Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya-1 heads for Turkey. The ship moved eastward on Sunday morning. It was located about 90 nautical miles southeast of Sicily and about 300 nautical miles west of Crete. This emerged from data of the portal "Marinetraffic.com".

The ship had been detained for more than six weeks in Gibraltar on charges of undermining the EU embargo on Syria. The Supreme Court of the British overseas territory at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula had finally granted the tanker free ride, it had set off on the night of last Monday.

Originally, the Greek port of Kalamata had been named as a destination. Athens refused, saying repeatedly that Greece would not support the oil tanker's journey. The US has been pressuring all Mediterranean countries in recent days not to anchor or provide support to the Iranian ship.

The ship's course could now draw Turkey into the conflict over the oil tanker. The Turkish port of Mersin is located about 150 kilometers from the Syrian port of Latakia.

Tanker position at "Marinetraffic.com"

Source: zeit

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