Iran’s confiscated oil cargo by the United States near Greece’s coast is to be returned in full after a Greek court ruling overturned the original decision to confiscate the cargo in full, according to Tehran’s Ambassador to Athens.
The vessel, named Lana, consisting of 19 Russian crew members on board, was impounded by Greece in April due to European Union sanctions. Following the initial Greek court ruling, the United States in May confiscated part of the Iranian oil cargo in May. The vessel, previously known as Pegas, was among the vessels designated by the US for sanctions against a bank viewed as critical to Russia’s defense sector.
The decision to overturn the Greek court’s ruling has not been made public yet. “Following intensive follow-up, the Greek Court of Appeals will overturn the initial court ruling on the confiscation of Iranian oil and… the entire oil shipment will be returned,” Iranian Ambassador Ahmad Naderi said on the embassy’s Twitter account.
The Greeks received an angry response from Iran due to the confiscation of their cargo (Iran’s confiscated oil cargo), Tehran warned it would take “punitive action” against Athens last month and Iranian forces seized two Greek tankers in the Gulf.
The issue remains the subject of intense consultations between the two countries to ensure full implementation of the rulingIranian Ambassador Ahmad Naderi
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Iran took the response as standing up against bullies, President Ebrahim Raisi said, “Like bullies, they stole our ship.” Iran proved that the era of “hit and runs” is over, and we seized two of their ships. How many times do you want to test the Iranian nation? “
Speaking to reporters, Greek government spokesperson Giannis Oikonomou said the Greek justice system is independent. He said, “First of all, since the first moment, we have not connected the two incidents.” The Iranian forces’ behavior towards the tankers was totally unjustified and unprovoked. Secondly, justice in our country has proven that it operates independently, “