Iran urges Greece to cooperate on seized ships with no US role

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Tehran seized the Greek ships on Friday after Athens seized the Iranian-flagged Pegas in April. The United States, which imposed a harsh sanctions regime on Iran, confiscated the cargo of Iranian oil that was on the Pegas.

Iran urged Greece on Tuesday to cooperate in resolving a crisis over the seizure of vessels without involving the United States, after Iranian forces seized two Greek oil tankers in the Gulf following the seizure of an Iranian vessel. off Greece.

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Tehran seized the Greek ships on Friday after Athens seized the Iranian-flagged Pegas in April. The United States, which imposed a harsh sanctions regime on Iran, confiscated the cargo of Iranian oil that was on the Pegas.

American and Greek diplomats have called on Iran to immediately release the Greek tankers, their cargoes and their crews. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington stood with its NATO ally Greece “in the face of this unwarranted seizure”.

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“Mr. Blinken must realize that the era of the United States alone imposing its rules on the world is over,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, calling Washington “the biggest disruptor of the free world.” -exchange to the world”.

“Unfortunately, the Greek government has demonstrated that it is more important for them to take orders from a third party (…) But we believe that relations between Iran and Greece must remain well-intentioned”, a- he told reporters in Tehran.

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“I suggest to the Greek government to take the legal and judicial route in this regard without fanfare,” he said, adding that the crew members of the seized Greek vessels were in good health and were in telephone contact with their families.

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