Greece detained Iranian oil tanker to curb Iran oil exports: lawmaker

TEHRAN An Iranian lawmaker has said that in the new alignments taking shape in the region Greece sided with Saudi Arabia and detained an Iranian oil tanker with the aim of reducing Iranian oil supplies.

The lawmaker, Ahmad Ali Reza Beigi, called the Greek seizure of the Iranian oil tanker a piracy that was part of regional rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia. 

Nearly a month ago, Greece seized an Iranian-flagged oil tanker off its coast and then transferred its cargo to the United States. Reuters reported Thursday that the United States has confiscated Iranian oil held on a Russian-operated ship near Greece and will send the cargo to the United States aboard another vessel.

The Iranian-flagged ship, the Pegas, was among five vessels designated by Washington on Feb. 22 - two days before the start of the war in Ukraine for sanctions against Promsvyazbank, a bank viewed as critical to Russia's defense sector, according to Reuters.

The Greek move was quickly rejected by Iran as piracy.

What Greece has done is part of regional rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Greece detained the Iranian oil tanker due to its relations with Saudi Arabia, Beigi said. In the new alignments that have taken shape Greece sided with Saudi Arabia and this move was aimed to restrict the possibility of Iran supplying the global market with oil.

He called on the government to react to the Greek move because if this move goes unanswered Irans oil exports will be disrupted. 

Yaghoub Rezazadeh, another lawmak....

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