Greece has denied that Iran had made no request to dock their oil-tanker at one of their ports. This denial, from the Greece authorities, came after Washington warned Greece against helping the vessel.
The ship named, Adrian Darya 1 left Gibralator on August 18 and the ship-tracking data showed it to be sailing towards the Greek port of Kalamata, where it was scheduled to arrive on 26th August.
“The vessel is cruising at low speed and there is still no formal announcement that it will arrive at Kalamata. The Merchant Marine Ministry is monitoring the matter along with Greece’s Foreign Ministry,” a shipping ministry spokesman said.
The ship had been detained at Gibraltar for five weeks, to determine whether it was carrying Iranian oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.
As soon as this detention order was lifted the U.S. federal court ordered the ship to be seized but Gibraltar refused to comply.
And Tehran hasn’t hesitated to threaten U.S. with dire consequences if the move to seize the vessel were carried out.
Though the United States had conveyed their strong hold over the oil-tanker to the Greek government. The issue will be a major foreign policy test for Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
According to a U.S. State Department official it has been revealed that if any help will be given to the oil-tanker it would be interpreted as helping a terrorist-organization, a U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization.
According to the Athens News Agency a Greek diplomatic source was carrying on talks with the United States but it was not revealed that what would be Greece’s future-plan.
“(The U.S.) position on the specific issue is known and has been communicated not only to Greece but other states and ports in the Mediterranean.”It is standard practice for a vessel to give notice 48 hours before docking at a port, Greek officials said.
It has not been revealed yet that what their future course would be if Greece refused to give permission.
Whereas Washington wants it to be detained as they say that it has links to the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has been designated as a terrorist organization.