Greek maritime authorities called for international help to release the crews of two oil tankers that were seized by Iranian forces last week.
the Delta Poseidon and Prudent Warrior were seized by the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the Persian Gulf last week, with the Greek Merchant Marine Minister Ioannis Plakiotakis describing the incident as a threat to the security of shipping and commerce.amely,
We call on all nations to act to put an end to this unacceptable incident and ensure that it does not happen again
As of the end of last week, the two tankers were moored at the Iranian port of Bandar. At least nine Greek nationals and one Cypriot were on board. Tehran has stated that the crews were in “good health” and had not been detained.
The move came just days after Athens announced that it would hand over a reported 700,000 barrels of Iranian crude from a Russian-flagged tanker it impounded in April over to the US.
The Russian vessel was seized due to global sanctions linked to Russia’s war with Ukraine. US and EU sanctions also bar countries from buying Iranian petrochemical products.
Both Germany and France’s foreign ministries have also condemned the seizure of the Greek tankers and called on Iran to release the ships with their crew. The Iranian government called the statements “biased” and “inappropriate interference”.