Fortune, the first of five tankers sent to Venezuela by Iran to supply fuel, arrived at the port of El Palito on Monday, Venezuelan Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami announced.
Oil came safely. The minister announced the first of five tankers sent by Iran to Venezuela to deliver fuel on Monday (May 25) at the refinery in the port of El Palito in the northwest of the country, Tareck El Aissami. Venezuelan Petroleum. This delivery comes at the height of tensions between Tehran and Washington.
“Photos of the arrival of the first vessel,” Fortune, “at our refinery in El Palito,” the minister wrote on Twitter, in a message along with a photo of the oil tanker at the dock. “We continue to go forward and WIN !!”, he added.
The images of the llegada of primer “Fortune” and now refinería El Palito. Seguimos avanzando y VENCIENDO !! pic.twitter.com/AfRTbv6oe8
– Tareck El Aissami (@TareckPSUV) May 25, 2020
The El Palito refinery is located near Puerto Cabello in the state of Carabobo, about 200 km west of the capital, Caracas.
Fortune had entered Saturday night in Venezuela’s waters where it had been escorted by Venezuelan military vessels.
The arrival of the other four vessels (Forest, Petunia, Faxon and the cliff) is expected in the coming days.
According to the site Marine Traffic, which tracks the ship’s movements around the world, the forest was on Monday morning off the Venezuelan island of Margarita.
Iran warns the United States
The fleet has about 1.5 million barrels of fuel and petroleum by-products, according to press reports.
In recent days, Iran has warned of “consequences” if the United States prevents the delivery of its petroleum products to Venezuela, where fuel shortages have worsened since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Washington, which wants the case of Socialist President Nicolas Maduro, whom he describes as “dictator,” has imposed sanctions on exports of crude oil from Venezuela and Iran, as well as against many government figures and soldiers from both countries.
Nicolas Maduro, supported by Tehran
Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves, but its production is in free fall.
According to Caracas, US sanctions are responsible for this collapse. Experts and the opposition around its leader Juan Guaido attributed it to the wrong political choices, lack of investment and corruption.
Tehran has repeatedly expressed its support for Nicolas Maduro, who is also supported by Russia, China and Cuba.
The close relations between Venezuela and Iran are from President Hugo Chavez (1999-2013), Nicolas Maduro, mentor and predecessor.