Iranian tankers face off with US warships or at sea

In April 1961, more than 1,000 Cuban exiles landed in the Bay of Pigs, Cuba, with the support of the US CIA, trying to overthrow the Cuban regime of Castro, but the armed invasion suffered a fiasco

Venezuela, which has been sanctioned by the United States, has once again become the focus of international competition. Venezuela said it thwarted the coup attempt, the United States threatened to intercept Iranian tankers, and the situation in the Caribbean was unprecedentedly tense.

On May 21, Russia’s statement in the UN Security Council condemned the interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs and sovereignty by the United States. After the Security Council convened a meeting on Venezuela, Russia’s first deputy representative to the United Nations, Polyansky, disclosed the above news on Twitter.

Venezuela, currently sanctioned by the United States, said that the country thwarted an attempted coup related to the United States in early May. At the same time, Iranian tankers delivering fuel to Venezuela became the latest focus of the US-Iran dispute with Iran and Venezuela.

In order to deal with the United States’ actual maritime blockade of Venezuela, Venezuela has indicated that it will send warships to escort the Iranian tankers that are about to arrive.

Russia believes that the United States has imposed illegal sanctions on Venezuela. When Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov visited Venezuela in February, he stated that Russia will deepen economic, trade and investment cooperation with Venezuela.

Lavrov also emphasized the importance of cooperation between the two countries in military technology, saying “this will protect our friends’ ability to defend against threats.”

The Venezuelan government said on May 3 that it thwarted an invasion attempt by Colombian mercenaries who tried to launch a coup in Venezuela and murder President Maduro.

Among the captured mercenaries were two American citizens. In a televised speech, President Maduro showed the identity documents of the two. One of them said during the interrogation that their mission was to control the airport and take the Venezuelan leader to the airport and then transfer it to the United States.

US President Trump later said that Washington has nothing to do with people detained in Venezuela. He also said that if the United States plans similar actions, the United States will also conduct them in public.

Cut off marine fuel supply
Reuters reported that the United States tried to prevent five Iranian tankers that transported about 1.5 million barrels of gasoline from reaching Venezuela. The Iranian tanker passed the Suez Canal earlier in May and is expected to arrive in Venezuela at the end of May or early June.

Venezuelan Defense Minister Padrino said on May 20: “Once (Iranian tankers) enter our exclusive economic zone, Venezuelan army ships will welcome them and escort them, thanking the Iranian people for their solidarity and cooperation.”

Previously, Washington stated that it might interfere with Iranian tanker navigation. A U.S. official once told Reuters that the United States “is studying possible measures,” saying that Iranian fuel delivery appears to be “unwelcome” in the United States and the entire region.

Venezuelan Defense Minister Padrino said, “Once (Iranian tankers) enter our exclusive economic zone, Venezuelan army ships will welcome them and escort them.”

Although Venezuela’s proven oil reserves rank second in the world, US sanctions and the economic crisis have caused Venezuela to face a severe fuel shortage

A spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the United States of threatening to conduct “piracy” operations and vowed that if the United States takes measures to impede the “free and legal transportation” of Iranian tankers, Iran will make a “decisive response.”

The Iranian ambassador in Brussels expressed the hope that there will be no accidents during the transportation of Iranian tankers, and also said that Tehran will “respond accordingly” to provocations from the United States.

Venezuelan opposition leader Guaido (right) has the support of the United States, the United States does not recognize the current President Maduro (left)

As for the risk of conflict between the United States and Iran, Smilde of Tulane University said that because the United States is poor at home to deal with the new crown epidemic, and near the presidential election in November this year, Trump attacked across the board and exposed himself to too The possibility of multiple risks is not great, but Trump often does not play cards according to common sense.

Support the Venezuelan opposition
Both Venezuela and Iran are currently subject to US sanctions, especially their oil exports are severely affected. Oil exports account for 98% of Venezuela’s export revenue.

Although Venezuela’s proven oil reserves rank second in the world, US sanctions and the economic crisis have caused Venezuela to face a severe fuel shortage.

In recent years, the National Oil Company of Venezuela has been paralyzed by refineries due to US sanctions. Venezuelan President Maduro turned to Iran for help, promising to pay for imported gasoline with gold.

For months, the Venezuelan government has exchanged gasoline from customers with crude oil exports. They mainly provide crude oil to Russia, but Rosneft is subject to US sanctions.

Both Iran and Venezuela are countries sanctioned by the United States. The United States believes that Iran’s delivery of much-needed fuel to Venezuela violates US sanctions policies.

After the United States recognized Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido as a “provisional president” last year, it strengthened economic sanctions against the Venezuelan government led by President Maduro, including freezing the huge assets of the Venezuelan National Petroleum Corporation (PDVSA), and Funding Venezuelan opposition with frozen assets.