Robert HARNEIS -TDO-(FRANCE)- Venezuelan Defense Minister, Vladimir Padrino, has announced that the nation’s military will welcome and escort Iranian gasoline tankers into port. He thanked Iran for its cooperation and confirmed that the tankers will safely make it to Venezuela.
Venezuela is facing fuel shortages because of US sanctions, and the US complaints about the Iran tankers are seen as a threat to try to stop them. The Venezuelan government clearly believes that it will be prudent to come out and meet the ships themselves.
Iran has surplus fuel because of US sanctions, and Venezuela struggles to get supplies for the same reason. The two nations are cooperating on the matter, reportedly using gold as a means of payment. The US has condemned the transaction, but there is no international law forbidding it.
Other than vague threats, the US has responded by ‘blacklisting’ a Chinese company for facilitating the airline that could ship the gold back to Iran after the trade is completed.