New reality: Russian combat fleet takes Iranian tankers under protection


Last week, Iran's tanker Samah entered Mediterranean waters through the Suez Canal. Later, the ship stopped giving signals about its location. According to USNI News, the Iranian tanker continued its movement, accompanied by two Russian warships.


The defense of Iranian tankers by Russian warships illustrates the new reality of relations between countries in the eastern Mediterranean. Last year, an Iranian oil tanker was captured by British special forces. The reason was Tehran's violation of the European embargo on oil supplies to Syria. Now, the escort of Iranian ships by ships of the Russian Navy can be viewed as a preventive maneuver that increases the risks of interference in the situation of the fleet of other powers.

According to MarineTraffic.com, after Samah left the Suez Canal, he ceased to be within the AIS tracking system, thus ensuring his "invisibility". At the same time, the Russian ship Akademik Pashin headed south from the SAR towards the canal, meeting with an Iranian tanker on October 14 - the next day, according to satellites, they were going towards Syria. Later they were joined by the anti-submarine ship of the Navy "Vice-Admiral Kulakov".

On Saturday 17 October, a Samah-like tanker was parked near the Syrian oil terminal Baniyas, while the Akademik Pashin moved west towards the Greek coast.
  • Photos used: Brian Burnell / wikimedia.org
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  1. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
    Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 23 October 2020 14: 36
    +1
    We are waiting for new screams and sanctions.
  2. gorenina91 Online gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 24 October 2020 08: 09
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    The defense of Iranian tankers by Russian warships illustrates the new reality of relations between countries in the eastern Mediterranean.

    -What's this ??? - Is it real? - Russia has nothing more to do ... how to protect and defend its enemies ...
    - Something Somali pirates do not catch mice at all, while our Russian warships "illustrate the new reality of relations between countries in the eastern Mediterranean" ...
    -And then Somali Negroes will again grab our next boat ... like "Akademik Pashin" near the African coast ... -And our Russian crew-personnel will again be kept in the holds for a whole year ... -on "moldy maize bread" and rotten rotten water ... - while we in Russia will start up a hat in a circle to collect funds; to redeem our poor fellows from Negro bondage ...
    1. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
      Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 24 October 2020 08: 53
      +3
      Quote: gorenina91
      to redeem our poor fellows from Negro bondage ...

      Who would ransom you from Brooklyn bondage ...
      For now there is a Chinese naval base in Djibouti. And there are shots of Somali boats scattering to shreds, from 100 mm shells, too. So the wet dream of "anyone can offend the Russians" is a thing of the past. As well as the dream of a superconcentration camp in Crimea.
  3. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 26 October 2020 17: 26
    -1
    Oh, and who knows what a "European embargo" is? NATO's Caudle declared war on a sovereign country?