TANKER CARRYING OIL TO SYRIA SEIZED BY BRITAIN




Serhat TUNAR -TDO- The Grace 1 tanker, which was cruising over the Gulf to the African gates, was stopped by the British Royal Marine Corps after crossing to the overseas territory of England's Mediterranean entrance. A tanker allegedly carrying crude oil to Syria was seized in Gibraltar for violating European Union sanctions.

Shipment data shows that the oil transported by the tanker is Iranian oil from the Iranian coast. Iran's statement, said the tanker was seized illegally. Foreign Minister Abbas Musevi, who made statements to Iran's state television, said that Iran called on the British ambassador in Tehran to meet on this move.

This step taken by Britain is expected to cause tension in Euro - Iran relations.