UK FM to Iran: There will be no tanker swap

Britain on Thursday ruled out exchanging an Iranian tanker detained by Gibraltar for a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf. (AFP)
Updated 01 August 2019

UK FM to Iran: There will be no tanker swap

  • Tensions have spiked between Iran and Britain since after Iranian commandos seized a British-flagged tanker last month
  • Russia's foreign ministry said the US and European coalition would be attempt to pressurize Iran

BANGKOK: Britain on Thursday ruled out exchanging an Iranian tanker detained by Gibraltar for a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said while on a trip to the Thai capital Bangkok.

"We are not going to barter: if people or nations have detained UK-flagged illegally then the rule of law and rule of international law must be upheld."

"We are not going to barter a ship that was detained legally with a ship that was detained illegally: that's not the way that Iran will come in from the cold," he said. "So I am afraid some kind of barter or haggle or linkage is not on the table."

Tensions have spiked between Iran and Britain since after Iranian commandos seized a British-flagged tanker last month. That came after British forces captured an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar, accused of violating sanctions on Syria.

Meanwhile, Russia's foreign ministry said the US and European nations attempts to create a naval coalition to patrol the Strait of Hormuz is merely an attempt to pressurize Iran.

(With Reuters)


Iranian tanker not heading to Greece — Greek prime minister

Updated 11 min 11 sec ago

Iranian tanker not heading to Greece — Greek prime minister

  • The Adrian Darya was detained by Gibraltar after British forces seized it in July on suspicion of breaking sanctions on Syria

PARIS: An Iranian tanker which the United States wants seized is not heading toward Greece as it sails through the Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kyrikos Mitsotakis told France 24 TV on Thursday.
“The ship is not heading toward Greece. We have not received a request for it to dock in a Greek port,” Mitsotakis said.
The Adrian Darya was detained by Gibraltar after British forces seized it in July on suspicion of breaking sanctions on Syria but it was released last week. The United States wants to detain it again on the grounds it has links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.