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Greece unseals Russian ship with Iranian oil

After more 2 months blockade due to sanctions resumes sailing

26 June, 22:08
(ANSA-AFP) - ATHENS, 26 GIU - A Russian tanker carrying Iranian crude oil, seized by Greek authorities at the request of the United States last April 19 in deference to sanctions against Tehran's oil and against Russia for invading Ukraine, was released from seizure today and resumed sailing. The Russian tanker Pegas, almost immediately renamed Lana, had been seized off the Greek island of Euboea, carrying 115,000 tons of Iranian oil. The U.S. claimed the oil under anti-Iranian sanctions, but Tehran protested to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) asking Athens to intervene. The Greek courts on June 9 agreed with Iran and ordered the release of Iranian oil. Then a new blockade, due to overlapping other legal issues, finally, today, the release. From the port of Karystos, in Euboea, the Lana took to sea today bound for Piraeus, where transportation and shipping documents will be examined. (ANSA-AFP).

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