At the request of the United States, the Gibraltar authorities captured the Grace 1 tanker, which was crossing the strait, on suspicion of transporting oil from Iran to Syria.
This was announced by the head of the Foreign Ministry of Gibraltar, Josepp Barrel.
According to media reports, the operation to detain the tanker was carried out by order of the head of the Government of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, and the British marines took part in it.
According to Picardo, the authorities became aware that Grace 1 was moving with a load of crude oil to the Syrian oil refinery Bayanis, which was under sanctions.
Recall that according to restrictive measures taken by the European Union and the United States, it is forbidden to supply oil products and oil to the Syrian Arab Republic, as well as to purchase oil from it.
There is a list of vessels created by the US Treasury that the US administration suspects is a violation of sanctions. Among the listed, in the list are vessels that sail under the flag of Russia.
Currently, the tanker is located in the port of Gibraltar, where the verification of supporting documents is being carried out and the route of the cargo ship is being specified.