Iran summons Swiss envoy over US oil seizure

Iran summons Swiss envoy over US oil seizure

Tehran: Iran’s foreign ministry summoned the envoy of Switzerland, which represents Washington’s interests in Tehran, to protest the seizure of Iranian oil by the Americans from a Russian-operated ship in Greek waters, Al Jazeera reported on Friday.
The ministry demanded the immediate release of the ship and its cargo.
The Swiss envoy in turn told Iranian officials he would convey Tehran’s message to Washington. The developments came after the cargo ship was seized on Wednesday.
Media reports quoted Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization as saying the tanker, named the Pegas, had sought refuge along the Greek coast after experiencing some technical problems and poor weather, adding the confiscation of its cargo was “a clear example of piracy”.
The US also imposed sanctions on what it described as a Russian-backed oil smuggling and money laundering network for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The Iranian-flagged Pegas was among five vessels designated by Washington on February 22 – two days before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – for sanctions against Promsvyazbank, a bank viewed as critical to Russia’s defence sector.
UNI

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