The U.S. government halted scheduled gasoline deliveries to Venezuela. Washington threatened to sanction the Greek-owned vessels transporting gasoline and other oil products from Iran.
In this way, The United States temporarily thwarted the economic alliance between Caracas and Tehran, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Que tristeza que el régimen celebre la llegada de 5 tanqueros con gasolina iraní habiendo sido Venezuela un país exportador durante muchos años. Es el resultado de la destrucción de nuestra industria petrolera
— Humberto Calderón B. (@calderonberti) May 24, 2020
De-routing the ships
The Greek-owned vessels transporting Iranian fuel to Venezuela scrapped their deliveries after the United States warned they could be affected by sanctions, as a Fox News worker confirmed.
The vessels carried the final deliveries of a five-oil-tanker shipment, of which two were docked in national ports after the most important refineries in Venezuela were paralyzed due to lack of maintenance, originated by poor management and administrative irregularities in PDVSA.
“The Iranian oil tankers arriving in Venezuela are nothing but a distraction from the real problems facing Maduro,” a spokesperson from the State Department told Fox News. “These shipments will do nothing to help Venezuelans, they will only help prop up the former Maduro regime for a little while longer.”
U.S. officials have been in direct communication with the ships. They are heading south off the coast of Senegal near Liberia, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Did the vessels arrive?
On Thursday night, The National Bolivarian Guard announced the arrival of the Faxon tanker, the fourth vessel transporting Iranian gasoline. It is currently docked near the Puerto La Cruz Refining Complex, in the State of Anzoategui.
Last Sunday, the regime announced that the Fortune had entered Venezuelan waters, followed by the Forest. The vessels docked near the El Palito and Paraguaná refining complexes, located in the states of Carabobo and Falcon, respectively.
The four tankers carried a total of nearly 1.2 million barrels of gasoline. El Clavel is set to arrive next Monday.
For his part, Nicolas Maduro stated “Iran and Venezuela are two rebel revolutionary peoples that will never bow to North American imperialism.”
🇻🇪🇮🇷 Arribó Con éxito y escoltado en costas orientales hasta el Complejo Refinador de Guaraguao el 4to Buque tanquero “FAXON", procedente de Irán cargado de gasolina, dignidad, solidaridad y hermandad para el pueblo soberano .@REDI__ORIENTAL .@GNBoficial .@vladimirpadrino pic.twitter.com/hDF7IShcoy
— GNB Anzoátegui 😷👍🏻 (@GNB_Anzoategui) May 29, 2020
On top of all, no gasoline
The regime of Nicolas Maduro has delivered 9 tons of gold from Venezuela’s international reserves to Iran in exchange for its assistance to repair the refineries, which technologies is unknown to them. In the past years, as the refineries have been paralyzed, or accidents have emerged as a result of poor management and lack of maintenance, gasoline production has been dropping. However, fuel is sold by up to twenty points under its market value.
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