The first tanker from Iran brings petrol to the oil state of Venezuela. A provocation to Washington.
Turning defeat into triumph is a speciality of Venezuela’s ruler Nicolás Maduro. He had another opportunity on Monday. There the first of five Iranian oil tankers arrived near Puerto Cabello, martially escorted by Russian fighter planes of the Venezuelan air force.
Iran is apparently sending several tankers to Venezuela to alleviate the supply shortages there.
The data company Refinitiv, which records such transports, speaks of five ships carrying petrol and other petroleum products. Venezuela and Iran have long been friends, but the US has imposed sanctions on both countries. The news agency Reuters quotes a US government official as saying that the United States is already considering a reaction to the shipment.