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22 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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‘Iran tanker too big to dock at Greek port’

AFP, Athens
‘Iran tanker too big to dock at Greek port’
A crew member checks the new name of Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya, formerly known as Grace 1, off the coast of Gibraltar on Sunday. AFP Photo

An Iranian tanker that has sparked a diplomatic row pitting Tehran against Washington and London is too big to dock in Greece, the country’s junior finance minister said yesterday.

“This is a very large crude carrier, it is over 130,000 tonnes... It cannot access any Greek dock,” junior foreign minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis told Ant1 TV. Varvitsiotis said the Greek government had “faced pressure” by US authorities over the vessel but insisted that Athens “has sent a clear message that we would not wish to facilitate the transport of this oil to Syria under any circumstances.”

Gibraltar, a British overseas territory, seized the tanker on July 4 on suspicion it was transporting oil to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions, triggering a sharp deterioration in relations between Tehran and London. Iran has repeatedly denied any violations.

Varvitsiotis said Athens was not in contact with Tehran over the tanker, which was originally called Grace 1 but has been renamed the Adrian Darya, and had received no request from Iran.

 

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