Iran today urged Greece to cooperate in resolving the crisis by seizing tankers without the involvement of the United States, Reuters reports.
It is recalled that the army of the Guards of the Islamic Revolution of Iran carried out raids and seized two Greek-owned tankers that were sailing in the Persian Gulf last Friday.
Tehran has spoken out in retaliation for the Russian-flagged Pegasus tanker, which was bound by a decision by the Anti-Money Laundering Authority in mid-April.
US and Greek diplomats immediately called on Iran to release Greek tankers, cargoes and crews. For its part, the US condemned “in the strongest possible way” the seizure of Greek-owned tankers, with Foreign Minister Blinken referring to a “threat to maritime security and the world economy”.
According to Reuters, the spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saeed Khatibzadeh, said today that “Mr. Blinken must realize that the time when the United States unilaterally imposed its rules on the world has come to an end.”
At the same time, he described Washington as “the biggest troublemaker of free trade in the world.”
Continuing, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman told reporters in Tehran that “unfortunately, the Greek government has shown that it is more important for it to receive orders from a third party … But we believe that relations between Iran and Greece must remain well-meaning “.
“I suggest to the Greek government to follow the legal and judicial path without exaggeration,” he concluded, noting that the crew members of Greek ships are in good health and have telephone contact with their families.