U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ridge Leoni

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – At least five Iranian fuel tankers are on the way to Venezuela to help the South American nation with their fuel crisis.

According to reports, the first Iranian tanker, Fortune, has already entered Atlantic waters while the last tanker, Clavel, crossed the Suez Canal and entered the Mediterranean Sea.

These shipments mark one of the first times in recent memory that Iran has sent such a large amount of fuel to Venezuela.

However, the Iranian tankers may face some issues while heading to the South American nation, as the U.S. Navy has recently deployed as many as four warships to the Caribbean Sea within in the last 24 hours.

According to maritime observers, the U.S. Navy deployed the U.S.S. Detroit, U.S.S. Lassen, U.S.S. Preble, and U.S.S. Farragut to the Caribbean to continue its anti-drug operations.

While it is not clear if the U.S. Navy will confront the Iranian tankers, there is the possibility that they intercept the vessels.

Venezuela is currently under a significant economic blockade that has been imposed by the U.S. and its allies.

In addition to Venezuela, Iran is also under heavy sanctions that have been imposed by Washington.

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Should the U.S. make the decision to intercept the vessels, this could further increase tensions in the Persian Gulf, especially after Iran’s latest confrontation with the U.S. Navy in the Strait of Hormuz.

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Ollie Bear
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Ollie Bear
2020-05-15 08:59

So Venezuela, the country with the most proven oil reserves on the planet, must go begging for another authoritarian h**l-hole to bail it out? What went wrong for these mullets? I think we know.

Shawn
Shawn
2020-05-15 14:39
Reply to  Ollie Bear

According to a UN investigator who went to Venezuela at the height of the crisis, the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela was directly being caused by US sanctions / economic warfare

Venezuela has oil reserves but mostly heavy, sour crude oil. Venezuela’s oil industry has been under siege by the US and is in dire need of critical repairs and vital maintenance

Venezuela has given Iran gold bars in exchange for 1) gasoline at a fair market price 2) technology, equipment and know how in order to help repair and restart it’s oil sector.

International_Canuck
International_Canuck
2020-05-15 14:56
Reply to  Ollie Bear

One Word. Sanctions. they need lighter fuels to blend their heavy crude.

BDS
BDS
2020-05-15 16:49
Reply to  Ollie Bear

You sound like a friendly guy, Ollie. Maybe you should get a life?

carry
carry
2020-05-15 23:37
Reply to  Ollie Bear

Probably because another siiitehole authoritarian country has shut down the oilfields with sanctions.